Danjon (crater)

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D'Arsonval crater Danjon crater AS17-M-1584.jpg
Oblique Apollo 17 Mapping Camera image of Danjon crater (larger) and D'Arsonval crater (below center), facing south
Coordinates11°24′S 124°00′E / 11.4°S 124.0°E / -11.4; 124.0Coordinates: 11°24′S 124°00′E / 11.4°S 124.0°E / -11.4; 124.0
Diameter71 km
Colongitude237° at sunrise
EponymAndré Danjon
Oblique view facing east-northeast, from Apollo 8

Danjon, is a lunar impact crater on the far side of the Moon. It lies less than a crater diameter to the east-southeast of the larger crater Langemak. To the east-northeast of Danjon is the crater Perepelkin, and due south lies the walled plain Fermi.

The northeastern rim of Danjon is overlain by the smaller crater D'Arsonval. Danjon overlies the southeastern corner of the slightly smaller satellite crater Danjon X. The outer rim of this crater is worn and eroded, particularly at the southern end, and the interior floor is irregular and marked by several small craterlets.

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Danjon.

Danjon Latitude Longitude Diameter
J 12.8° S 125.6° E 23 km
K 13.8° S 125.1° E 17 km
M 13.9° S 124.1° E 12 km
X 10.0° S 122.8° E 65 km


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