König (crater)

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König crater 4125 h1.jpg
Lunar Orbiter 4 image depicting the crater and its satellite crater König A located to the southeast
Coordinates24°06′S 24°36′W / 24.1°S 24.6°W / -24.1; -24.6Coordinates: 24°06′S 24°36′W / 24.1°S 24.6°W / -24.1; -24.6
Diameter23 km
Depth2.4 km
Colongitude25° at sunrise
EponymRudolf König

König is a lunar impact crater on the southwest Mare Nubium. It was named after Austrian mathematician and astronomer Rudolf König.[1] It lies to the southwest of the prominent crater Bullialdus, and northwest of the flooded Kies. The rim of König is somewhat polygonal in outline, with a small outward bulge to the south and only a slight outer rampart. The crater interior is rough and irregular, with a negligible central peak. The material along the inner sides has slumped to the floor forming a ring of debris around the small central floor.

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 König.

König Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 24.7° S 24.0° W 3 km


  1. ^ "König (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.