Faraday (crater)

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Stofler crater Faraday crater 4107 h2.jpg
Lunar Orbiter 4 image of Stöfler with Faraday on the southeast rim
Coordinates 42°24′S 8°42′E / 42.4°S 8.7°E / -42.4; 8.7Coordinates: 42°24′S 8°42′E / 42.4°S 8.7°E / -42.4; 8.7
Diameter 70 km
Depth 4.1 km
Colongitude 352° at sunrise
Eponym Michael Faraday

Faraday is a lunar impact crater in the southern highlands of the Moon. It lies across the southeast rim of the larger crater Stöfler, and the northwest rim of Faraday forms a wide rampart across the otherwise flat floor of Stöfler. To the west of Faraday is Maurolycus.

The rim of Faraday has been significantly overlain by subsequent impacts, most notably by an overlapping pair across the southwest rim and a crater across the northwest rim. There is a low central ridge running from the southwest to the northeast, nearly dividing the crater floor in half. The floor is nearly flat in the northwest half.

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 Faraday.

Faraday Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 41.5° S 9.7° E 21 km
C 43.3° S 8.1° E 30 km
D 43.7° S 9.6° E 14 km
G 45.8° S 10.1° E 31 km
H 45.0° S 10.3° E 12 km

Due to its ray system, Faraday C is mapped as part of the Copernican System.[1]


  1. ^ The geologic history of the Moon, 1987, Wilhelms, Don E.; with sections by McCauley, John F.; Trask, Newell J. USGS Professional Paper: 1348. Plate 11: Copernican System (online)