Le Verrier (lunar crater)

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Le Verrier
Le Verrier crater 4127 h2.jpg
Le Verrier seen by Lunar Orbiter 4 in 1967
Coordinates 40°18′N 20°36′W / 40.3°N 20.6°W / 40.3; -20.6Coordinates: 40°18′N 20°36′W / 40.3°N 20.6°W / 40.3; -20.6
Diameter 20 km
Depth 2.1 km
Colongitude 21° at sunrise
Eponym Urbain Le Verrier
View of Helicon (left) and Le Verrier (right). While Helicon's ejecta is buried by the mare lava, Le Verrier's is not. (The mountain on the horizon at left is Promontorium Laplace. Image taken by Apollo 15).

Le Verrier is a small lunar impact crater located in the northern part of the Mare Imbrium and was named after French mathematical astronomer Urbain Le Verrier. About two crater diameters to the west is the slightly larger crater Helicon, and farther to the west-northwest lies the mountain-ringed bay Sinus Iridum.

Le Verrier, sometimes written Leverrier, is a bowl-shaped feature with a nearly circular rim. The inner walls display the appearance of slumping along the upper edges. The inner wall and floor to the southeast appears more irregular than elsewhere.

Chang'e 3 landed north of Le Verrier in December 2013. Also in that location are nearby smaller craters including Guang Hang Gong, Tai Wei, Tai Shi and Zi Wei. The first is named after a Moon palace in Chinese mythology, the other three are one of the three enclosures in Chinese ancient star map. All these names were approved by the IAU on October 5, 2015.

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 Le Verrier.

Le Verrier Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 38.1° N 17.3° W 4 km
B 40.1° N 12.9° W 5 km
D 39.7° N 12.3° W 9 km
E 42.4° N 16.9° W 7 km
S 38.9° N 20.6° W 3 km
T 39.8° N 20.7° W 4 km
U 37.2° N 13.1° W 4 km
V 37.8° N 14.2° W 3 km
W 39.4° N 13.9° W 3 km
X 41.6° N 12.1° W 3 km

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Wood, Chuck (2006-08-20). "Out the Porthole". Lunar Photo of the Day. Retrieved 2016-09-18. , excellent earth-based image of Sinus Iridum and vicinity, including Helicon and Le Verrier