Wirtz (crater)

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Wirtz Crater
Wirtz Crater dunes - hires.jpg
Wirtz Crater Dunes with ripples and frost, as seen by HiRISE
Coordinates48°36′S 26°00′W / 48.6°S 26°W / -48.6; -26Coordinates: 48°36′S 26°00′W / 48.6°S 26°W / -48.6; -26
Diameter120.26 km
EponymCarl Wilhelm Wirtz, German astronomer (1886–1956)

Wirtz is a crater on Mars, located in Argyre quadrangle at 48.6° south latitude and 26° west longitude. It measures approximately 120 kilometers in diameter and was named after Carl Wilhelm Wirtz, a German astronomer (1886–1956). The name was adopted by IAU's Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature in 1973.[1] Wirtz lies on the eastern edge of the large impact crater Argyre Planitia.[2]


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  1. ^ "Wirtz (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ Moore, P. et al. 1990. The Atlas of the Solar System. Crescent Books. NY

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