Taylor (crater)

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Taylor crater 4089 h3.jpg
Coordinates 5°18′S 16°42′E / 5.3°S 16.7°E / -5.3; 16.7Coordinates: 5°18′S 16°42′E / 5.3°S 16.7°E / -5.3; 16.7
Diameter 41 km
Depth 2.5 km
Colongitude 344° at sunrise
Eponym Brook Taylor

Taylor is a lunar crater that is located to the south-southwest of Delambre. To the east is the smaller crater Alfraganus, and southeast of Taylor is Zöllner. It was named in honour of Brook Taylor.[1]

The worn outer rim of Taylor is elongated in the north–south direction, giving it an elliptical appearance. There is a break in the northern wall that forms a narrow valley, and the southern rim is relatively low compared to the peak rim heights along the eastern and western sides. The small satellite crater Taylor E is attached to the exterior of the southeastern rim. There is a central ridge at the midpoint that is slightly elongated in the north–south direction.

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 Taylor.

Taylor Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 4.2° S 15.4° E 38 km
AB 3.1° S 14.6° E 23 km
B 4.3° S 14.3° E 29 km
C 5.6° S 14.8° E 5 km
D 5.3° S 15.7° E 8 km
E 6.0° S 17.1° E 14 km


  1. ^ "Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Taylor on Moon". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Retrieved June 10, 2016.