Sverdrup (crater)

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Sverdrup Crater.
Sverdrup Crater as imaged by Clementine.
Coordinates 88°30′S 152°00′W / 88.5°S 152.0°W / -88.5; -152.0Coordinates: 88°30′S 152°00′W / 88.5°S 152.0°W / -88.5; -152.0
Diameter 35 km
Depth Unknown
Colongitude 170° at sunrise
Eponym Otto N. Sverdrup
Sverdrup Crater as imaged by Diviner.

Sverdrup is a lunar crater that is located about one crater diameter from the southern pole of the Moon. It lies on the far side of the Moon with respect to the Earth, in an area of the surface that is only illuminated by very oblique light from the Sun. The interior part of the crater is cloaked in perpetual darkness, and thus has not been mapped using photography. Portions of the rim are illuminated, however, and give the appearance of a worn formation that has been intruded upon by adjacent formations.

The nearest craters of note to Sverdrup are de Gerlache to the east, and Shackleton at the south pole.


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