Pons (crater)

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Pons crater 4084 h1.jpg
Coordinates 25°18′S 21°30′E / 25.3°S 21.5°E / -25.3; 21.5Coordinates: 25°18′S 21°30′E / 25.3°S 21.5°E / -25.3; 21.5
Diameter 44 × 31 km
Depth 2.3 km
Colongitude 339° at sunrise
Eponym Jean-Louis Pons
Location of Pons (lower left)

Pons (pronunciation: poan) is an lunar impact crater that is located to the west of the prominent Rupes Altai scarp. It lies to the southeast of the crater Sacrobosco, and southwest of Polybius. To the northwest along the same flank of the formation is the crater Fermat.

The rim of Pons is somewhat elongated in shape, being longer along a northeast-southwest axis than in the perpendicular direction. The outer wall is irregular and notched, particularly at the northeastern end where it is partly overlain by the satellite crater Pons D and multiple smaller formations. The interior is uneven, with low ridges projecting from the north and southeastern rims.

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 Pons.

Pons Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 27.3° S 20.0° E 12 km
B 28.7° S 20.7° E 13 km
C 27.9° S 22.3° E 18 km
D 25.5° S 22.1° E 15 km
E 25.8° S 23.8° E 18 km
F 23.7° S 21.2° E 12 km
G 28.3° S 21.4° E 6 km
H 26.9° S 22.3° E 10 km
J 24.9° S 22.2° E 5 km
K 27.4° S 22.8° E 7 km
L 27.5° S 20.9° E 8 km
M 27.1° S 24.1° E 11 km
N 26.0° N 23.0° E 6 km
P 25.0° N 23.1° E 5 km