Hipparchus (lunar crater)
LRO image of Hipparchus
|Colongitude||354° at sunrise|
Hipparchus is the degraded remnant of a lunar impact crater. It is located to the southeast of Sinus Medii, near the center of the visible Moon. To the south is the prominent crater Albategnius, and to the southwest lies Ptolemaeus, a feature of comparable dimensions to Hipparchus. Horrocks lies entirely within the northeast rim of the crater. Halley is attached to the south rim, and Hind lies to the southeast. To the north-northeast is the bowl-shaped Pickering, and the flooded Saunder is located off the northeast rim.
The features of Hipparchus are highlighted when the Sun is at low angles during the first and last quarter. At full Moon the Sun is directly overhead and the crater contours become more difficult to discern.
High-resolution images of Hipparchus were obtained by Lunar Orbiter 5 in 1967.
This feature is an ancient crater that has been subject to considerable modification due to subsequent impacts. The western rim of Hipparchus has been all but worn away from impact erosion, and only low hills and rises in the surface remain to outline the feature. The wall to the east is somewhat more intact, but it too is heavily worn. A pair of deep clefts lie in the western wall. These parallel a sets of scars running through the south-central highlands.
The crater floor has been partially resurfaced by basaltic lava flow. The southwest part of the floor, however, is slightly raised and much more rugged than the remainder. A few small rises and the raised partial rim of a flooded crater are all that remain of a central massif.
Hipparchus is named after the Greek astronomer, geographer and mathematician Hipparchus. Like many of the craters on the Moon's near side, it was given its name by Giovanni Riccioli, whose 1651 nomenclature system has become standardized. Earlier lunar cartographers had given the feature different names. Johannes Hevelius called it "Olympus Mons", after Mount Olympus of Greece The name Olympus Mons would later be named to the tallest mountain on Mars.
The early Hipparchus crater was first named by van Langren as "Hypparchi" in the northernmost of the lunar polar region. One possible location of that crater is where it is now known as Byrd Crater.
By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Hipparchus.
Hipparchus G and W are to the east, Hipparchus L, S and Z are to the southeast, Hipparchus, J, Q, T, U are in the south-southwest, Hipparchus B and K are to the southwest, Hipparchus H and P are to the west and Hipparchus D, E and F are to the northwest.
In a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of Hipparchus G taken on June 3, 2014, Beautiful granular flows on the wall of Hipparchus G crater brought fresh debris from the rim down the walls, downslope is to the left. They are dominant in the east of that satellite crater
|B||6.9° S||1.7° E||5 km|
|C||7.3° S||8.2° E||17 km|
|D||4.5° S||2.1° E||5 km|
|E||4.2° S||2.3° E||5 km|
|F||4.2° S||2.5° E||9 km|
|G||5.0° S||7.4° E||15 km|
|H||5.4° S||2.3° E||5 km|
|J||7.6° S||3.2° E||14 km|
|K||6.9° S||2.2° E||12 km|
|L||6.8° S||9.0° E||13 km|
|N||4.8° S||5.0° E||6 km|
|P||4.7° S||2.8° E||5 km|
|Q||8.5° S||2.9° E||8 km|
|T||7.1° S||3.6° E||8 km|
|U||6.7° S||3.6° E||8 km|
|W||5.0° S||7.8° E||5 km|
|X||5.7° S||4.9° E||17 km|
|Z||8.5° S||9.1° E||6 km|
Hipparchus in fiction
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- Hipparchus at The Moon Wiki
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- LTO-77B3 Hipparchus — L&PI topographic map
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