Leeuwenhoek (crater)

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Leeuwenhoek crater 2033 med.jpg
Coordinates 29°18′S 178°42′W / 29.3°S 178.7°W / -29.3; -178.7Coordinates: 29°18′S 178°42′W / 29.3°S 178.7°W / -29.3; -178.7
Diameter 125 km
Depth 2.4 km
Colongitude 180° at sunrise
Eponym Antony van Leeuwenhoek
Oblique view from Apollo 17
Another oblique Lunar Orbiter 5 image, facing west

Leeuwenhoek is a lunar impact crater that lies in the Moon's southern hemisphere, on the far side from the Earth. It is located to the east of the crater Birkeland and the unusual double crater Van de Graaff. To the northeast of Leeuwenhoek is Orlov and to the south is the large walled plain Leibnitz.

The outer rim of Leeuwenhoek is worn and eroded, forming an irregular mountainous ring about the relatively level interior floor. The inner wall is wider along the western and southern sides, offseting the floor to the northeast. At the midpoint of the interior is a central peak formation. There are a pair of small craterlets on the floor and several tiny craters. Leeuwenhoek partly overlaps the satellite crater Leeuwenhoek E to the northeast.

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 Leeuwenhoek.

Leeuwenhoek Latitude Longitude Diameter
E 28.2° S 176.7° W 117 km