Lowell (lunar crater)

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Lowell lunar crater.png
Coordinates 12°54′S 103°06′W / 12.9°S 103.1°W / -12.9; -103.1Coordinates: 12°54′S 103°06′W / 12.9°S 103.1°W / -12.9; -103.1
Diameter 66 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 104° at sunrise
Eponym Percival Lowell
Oblique view from Lunar Orbiter 5 while the crater was at the terminator

Lowell is a lunar impact crater that lies just beyond the western limb of the Moon. It is embedded within the northwestern part of the Montes Rook mountain ring of the Mare Orientale impact basin. This portion of the Moon's far side is sometimes brought into view of the Earth during periods of favorable libration and lighting, although it is only seen from the edge.

The crater is circular in outline, with a well-defined edge. A small crater lies along the edge of the eastern rim. The inner wall is wider along the western side, and there are some terrace structures. In the middle of the crater is a central peak on the interior floor.

Satellite craters[edit]

Lowell crater & satellite 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 Lowell.

Lowell Latitude Longitude Diameter
W 10.0° S 107.0° W 18 km