Schiaparelli (lunar crater)

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Schiaparelli crater 4162 h3.jpg
Coordinates23°24′N 58°48′W / 23.4°N 58.8°W / 23.4; -58.8Coordinates: 23°24′N 58°48′W / 23.4°N 58.8°W / 23.4; -58.8
Diameter24 km
Depth2.1 km
Colongitude59° at sunrise
EponymGiovanni Schiaparelli
Oblique view of Schiaparelli from Apollo 15 under a low sun angle, facing south. It is clear in this view that the mare material has covered the ejecta of the crater.

Schiaparelli is a lunar impact crater located on the western part of the Oceanus Procellarum, to the west of the crater Herodotus. The rim is relatively sharp-edged and relatively free from impact wear. The inner walls have slumped to form a shelf around much of the sides. The interior floor is somewhat irregular, but free from impacts of note.

This crater lies in a relatively flat and featureless part of the mare, although a ray streak from the distant crater Glushko passes along the southeastern edge of the rim, making it easy to identify. A low wrinkle ridge runs from the north rim of the crater to the north. Within the crater is a low central rise.

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 Schiaparelli.

Schiaparelli Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 23.0° N 62.0° W 7 km
C 25.8° N 62.2° W 6 km
E 27.1° N 62.0° W 5 km

The following craters have been renamed by the IAU.


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