Maraldi (lunar crater)

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Maraldi crater AS17-M-1216.jpg
Apollo 17 Mapping Camera image
Coordinates 19°24′N 34°54′E / 19.4°N 34.9°E / 19.4; 34.9Coordinates: 19°24′N 34°54′E / 19.4°N 34.9°E / 19.4; 34.9
Diameter 40 km
Depth 1.3 km
Colongitude 325° at sunrise
Eponym Giovanni D. Maraldi
Jacques P. Maraldi
Context image showning Gardner (lower left) and Maraldi (center) from Apollo 17. NASA photo.

Maraldi is a worn, eroded crater on the western edge of the Sinus Amoris, in the northeast part of the Moon. 35 km to the south is the crater Gardner, to the west-southwest is the crater Vitruvius, and to the northwest lies the worn Littrow crater. Just to the northeast of the crater is the dome-like Mons Maraldi rise.

The crater is named after two Italian astronomers Giovanni Domenico and Jacques Philippe (or Giacomo Filippo) Maraldi.

Maraldi has a very worn outer wall that is deeply incised and has the appearance of a circular range of peaks rather than a crater rim. The interior has been flooded with basaltic lava, leaving a flat surface with a low albedo. There is a low ridge just to the northwest of the midpoint, and several tiny craters mark the floor surface.

The eastern part of the rim attaches with the satellite crater Maraldi F.

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 Maraldi.

Maraldi Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 20.0° N 36.3° E 8 km
D 16.7° N 36.1° E 67 km
E 17.8° N 35.8° E 31 km
F 19.2° N 35.8° E 18 km
N 18.4° N 36.8° E 5 km
R 20.3° N 33.2° E 5 km
W 13.2° N 36.1° E 4 km

The following craters have been renamed by the IAU.


  • Wood, Chuck (June 24, 2006). "Mons of Mystery". Lunar Photo of the Day. Retrieved 2006-07-12. 

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