Finsch (crater)

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Finsch
Finsch crater AS15-P-9325.jpg
Apollo 15 image
Coordinates23°36′N 21°18′E / 23.6°N 21.3°E / 23.6; 21.3Coordinates: 23°36′N 21°18′E / 23.6°N 21.3°E / 23.6; 21.3
Diameter4 km
DepthNone
Colongitude339° at sunrise
EponymOtto Finsch

Finsch is a relatively small lunar impact crater in the mid-part of Mare Serenitatis that has been almost completely (other than the crest of the rim) covered by the mare, forming a ghost crater in the lava plain. It was named after German zoologist Otto Finsch.[1] It is located to the south-southeast of the crater Sarabhai and northeast of Bessel.

Oblique view of Finsch from Apollo 17
Location of Finsch crater in Mare Serenitatis

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