Maurolycus (crater)

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Clementine image of Maurolycus
Coordinates41°48′S 14°00′E / 41.8°S 14.0°E / -41.8; 14.0Coordinates: 41°48′S 14°00′E / 41.8°S 14.0°E / -41.8; 14.0
Diameter114 km
Depth4.7 km
Colongitude345° at sunrise
EponymFrancesco Maurolico

Maurolycus is one of the more prominent lunar impact craters in the southern highland region of the Moon that is covered in overlapping crater impacts and is named after Francesco Maurolico. It is joined at the southeast rim by the smaller crater Barocius. Due west lie the overlapping pair of Stöfler and Faraday. To the northeast is the faint crater Buch, and further to the north lies Gemma Frisius.

The outer walls of Maurolycus are tall, wide, and terraced, most notably in the eastern part. To the southeast the rim is lower and the crater is joined to what has the appearance of an overlain crater rim. The crater Maurolycus F lies across the northwest rim, and that part of the crater floor is more rugged than the remainder. The other sections of the floor are relatively level, with a complex of central peaks and a pair of craterlets. The small crater Maurolycus A is biting into the southern part of the rim.

Satellite craters[edit]

Maurolycus crater and its satellite craters taken from Earth in 2012 at the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury Observatory with the telescopes Meade LX200 14" and Lumenera Skynyx 2-1

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Maurolycus.

Maurolycus Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 43.5° S 14.2° E 15 km
B 40.3° S 11.7° E 12 km
C 38.6° S 10.8° E 9 km
D 39.0° S 13.2° E 45 km
E 38.4° S 9.8° E 6 km
F 40.6° S 12.2° E 25 km
G 44.4° S 11.5° E 7 km
H 38.2° S 10.4° E 7 km
J 42.5° S 14.0° E 9 km
K 40.0° S 12.6° E 8 km
L 42.1° S 14.5° E 6 km
M 41.9° S 12.6° E 10 km
N 41.0° S 14.1° E 7 km
P 38.1° S 12.8° E 4 km
R 40.7° S 16.2° E 5 km
S 42.0° S 17.1° E 7 km
T 41.3° S 11.4° E 10 km
W 42.7° S 15.2° E 4 km


  • Wood, Chuck (November 10, 2006). "Flows & Falling Rock". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-10.