Hind (crater)

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Hind crater AS16-M-0982.jpg
Apollo 16 image
Coordinates 7°54′S 7°24′E / 7.9°S 7.4°E / -7.9; 7.4Coordinates: 7°54′S 7°24′E / 7.9°S 7.4°E / -7.9; 7.4
Diameter 29 km
Depth 3.0 km
Colongitude 353° at sunrise
Eponym John R. Hind
Hind (upper right centre) and Halley (upper left centre) from Apollo 16. At top right is Hipparchus C. Hind C is south of Hind. NASA photo.

Hind is a lunar impact crater that lies to the southeast of the walled plain Hipparchus (distance from the crater rim is about 25 km), and about 20 km due east of the crater Halley. The rim of Hind is relatively free of wear and distortion, except for a break at the north rim. The floor of Hind is relatively uneven, however, compared to the interior of Halley. Hind and the craters Hipparchus C and Hipparchus L form a line with diminishing diameters that point to the northeast.

Its diameter is 29 km long and is 3,000 meters deep, also, the area is around 550 km².


The crater is named after the 19th century British astronomer John Russell Hind, it was named by William Radcliffe Birt. On the 1645 map by Michael van Langren, the crater is called Trautmansdorfii, after a Trautmansdorf.[1][2] On the 1647 map by Johannes Hevelius, the crater called it "Cimanus Mons" and grouped it with Halley, it was named after the Cimanus of the ancient world.[3][4]

Satellite craters[edit]

Hind crater and its satellite craters taken from Earth in 2012 at the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury Observatory with the telescopes Meade LX200 14" and Lumenera Skynyx 2-1

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

Hind Latitude Longitude Diameter
C 8.7° S 7.4° E 7 km


  1. ^ Ewen A. Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon (Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 200.
  2. ^ Langrenus map of the Moon (1645)
  3. ^ Ewen A. Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
  4. ^ Hevelius map of the Moon (1647)


External links[edit]

Related article[edit]

  • Wood, Chuck (May 27, 2007). "Drawings". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017.  - includes Hind crater