Gerasimovich (crater)

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Gerasimovich crater WAC.jpg
LRO WAC image, with Gerasimovich right of center, Gerasimovich R left of center, and Gerasimovich D in upper right on the rim of Gerasimovich
Coordinates 22°54′S 122°36′W / 22.9°S 122.6°W / -22.9; -122.6Coordinates: 22°54′S 122°36′W / 22.9°S 122.6°W / -22.9; -122.6
Diameter 86 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 235° at sunrise
Eponym Boris Gerasimovich
Oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 view of Gerasimovich, facing west

Gerasimovich is a lunar impact crater on the far side of the Moon. It lies beyond the western limb, to the west-northwest of the immense Mare Orientale impact basin. The outer blanket of ejecta from this impact reaches nearly to the rim of Gerasimovich. Nearby craters of note include Houzeau to the north and the smaller Ellerman to the southeast.

The outer rim of this crater is worn and eroded, with a perimeter that has been modified and reshaped by nearby impacts. The much younger crater Gerasimovich D lies across the northeastern rim, and lies near the center of a poorly organized blanket of higher albedo deposits. Just to the west-southwest of the outer rim is the young, sharp-rimmed crater Gerasimoch R. The interior floor of Gerasimovich is irregular near the edges, and is marked by several small craterlets.

Gerasimovich is located at the antipode of the Mare Crisium impact basin.

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 Gerasimovich.

Gerasimovich Latitude Longitude Diameter
D 22.3° S 121.6° W 26 km
R 24.1° S 125.9° W 55 km

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