Petit (crater)

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Petit crater AS15-M-1626.jpg
Apollo 15 image
Coordinates 2°18′N 63°30′E / 2.3°N 63.5°E / 2.3; 63.5Coordinates: 2°18′N 63°30′E / 2.3°N 63.5°E / 2.3; 63.5
Diameter 5 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 297° at sunrise
Eponym Alexis T. Petit
Oblique view from Apollo 10
Oblique view from Apollo 11
Not to be confused with Pettit, another lunar crater.

Petit is a small, bowl-shaped lunar crater that is located on the northwestern edge of the Mare Spumans. The crater has a prominent ray system. The name is appropriate, since Petit means small in French. But it was actually named in honor of Alexis Thérèse Petit, a French physicist.

The crater lies to the south of the crater Townley, and east of Condon. Farther to the northwest is Apollonius. Petit was previously designated Apollonius W before being given a name by the IAU.