Schlüter (crater)

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Schlüter crater 4181 h3.jpg
Coordinates5°54′S 83°18′W / 5.9°S 83.3°W / -5.9; -83.3Coordinates: 5°54′S 83°18′W / 5.9°S 83.3°W / -5.9; -83.3
Diameter89 km
Colongitude84° at sunrise
EponymHeinrich Schlüter

Schlüter is a lunar impact crater that is located near the western limb of the Moon's near side. It lies along the northwestern face of the Montes Cordillera mountain range that encircles the Mare Orientale. Nearly attached to the eastern rim is the damaged crater Hartwig.

Schlüter has an irregular outer rim that is roughly circular, with small outward bulges to the north and southeast. The former section displays a slumped appearance along the inner wall. The southern rim contains a small double-crater that lies long the inner wall. The rim is otherwise not significantly eroded, and contains a system of terraces along the inner sides.

The interior floor has a curved patch of low-albedo material along the northern inner wall, nearly matching the dark shade of the Lacus Autumni to the south of the Montes Cordillera range. The remainder of the floor has the same albedo as the surrounding terrain. In the midpoint of the floor is a central peak, consisting of an elongated ridge with the long dimension aligned in a northerly direction. There is a slender rille near the northwestern inner wall.

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 Schlüter.

Schlüter Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 9.2° S 82.4° W 37 km
P 0.1° N 85.1° W 20 km
S 7.9° S 89.9° W 13 km
U 5.0° S 89.9° W 10 km
V 4.4° S 86.8° W 12 km
X 1.2° N 88.2° W 13 km
Z 2.8° S 83.7° W 11 km


  • Wood, Chuck (June 10, 2007). "A Rim on the Limb?". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-11.