Gamow (crater)

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Normal gamow-clem1.jpg
Clementine mosaic
Coordinates 65°18′N 145°18′E / 65.3°N 145.3°E / 65.3; 145.3Coordinates: 65°18′N 145°18′E / 65.3°N 145.3°E / 65.3; 145.3
Diameter 129 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 215° at sunrise
Eponym George Gamow

Gamow is a large lunar crater on the far side of the Moon. It is located in the northern hemisphere, to the southeast of the walled plain Schwarzschild.

This is a worn and eroded feature, with a rim that has been battered and overlain by multiple impacts. Gamow V is attached to the western exterior, and the joined crater pair Gamow A and Gamow B overlie the northeastern side. The eastern rim is the most damaged section, while the rim to the west is free from impacts. The western inner wall does display a fine radial groove texture, but is otherwise nearly featureless. Near the midpoint is a palimpsest, or ghost-crater feature consisting of just the rim projecting up through the otherwise relatively level surface.

Satellite craters[edit]

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

Gamow Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 67.3° N 148.8° E 31 km
B 66.4° N 149.5° E 26 km
U 66.7° N 137.0° E 39 km
V 66.3° N 139.7° E 49 km
Y 67.8° N 143.9° E 27 km