Suess (lunar crater)

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Suess crater AS12-52-7753.jpg
Apollo 12 image, showing the crater's hummocky ejecta surrounding the rim
Coordinates 4°24′N 47°36′W / 4.4°N 47.6°W / 4.4; -47.6Coordinates: 4°24′N 47°36′W / 4.4°N 47.6°W / 4.4; -47.6
Diameter 9 km
Depth 0.5 km
Colongitude 48° at sunrise
Eponym Edward Suess
Oblique view of Suess (upper left) and its satellite craters H, D, and B, while at the terminator, from Lunar Orbiter 3

Suess is a small lunar impact crater on the Oceanus Procellarum. It is a circular, cup-shaped feature with a higher albedo than the surroundings. The closest significant crater is Reiner, about 150 kilometers to the west-northwest. The lunar mare that surrounds Suess is marked by the rays radiating from the crater Kepler to the east-northeast.

The long, sinuous rille named Rima Suess begins about 30 kilometers to the east of Suess, and winds its way in a generally north-northwesterly direction for a length of almost 200 kilometers.

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 Suess.

Suess Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 5.7° N 47.3° W 8 km
D 4.7° N 46.5° W 7 km
F 1.1° N 44.6° W 7 km
G 3.4° N 48.4° W 4 km
H 4.0° N 45.7° W 4 km
J 6.9° N 48.5° W 3 km
K 6.5° N 50.0° W 3 km
L 6.1° N 50.5° W 5 km