Wurzelbauer (crater)

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Wurzelbauer crater 4119 h3.jpg
Coordinates33°54′S 15°54′W / 33.9°S 15.9°W / -33.9; -15.9Coordinates: 33°54′S 15°54′W / 33.9°S 15.9°W / -33.9; -15.9
Diameter88 km
Depth2.2 km
Colongitude17° at sunrise
EponymJohann Philipp von Wurzelbauer

Wurzelbauer is the remnant of a lunar impact crater. It was named after German astronomer Johann Philipp von Wurzelbauer.[1] It is located in the rugged terrain on the Moon's southern hemisphere. The slightly smaller crater Gauricus lies next to the eastern rim, while to the north-northeast is Pitatus.

The rim of this crater has been deeply eroded, and now forms a low, somewhat irregular ridge around the interior floor. Along the southeastern rim is Wurzelbauer B, while Wurzelbauer A is nearly attached to the southern rim. A short chain of craters lies across the northern rim.

The western half of the interior floor is somewhat more irregular than in the east, with a complex of low ridges covering parts of the surface. The western edge of the floor is marked by a section of the ray system radiating from Tycho to the south-southeast.

Satellite craters[edit]

Wurzelbauer and its satellite craters (LRO image)

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Wurzelbauer.

Wurzelbauer Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 35.7° S 15.4° W 17 km
B 34.9° S 14.5° W 25 km
C 35.0° S 15.1° W 10 km
D 36.3° S 17.6° W 38 km
E 35.7° S 17.2° W 11 km
F 35.9° S 18.1° W 9 km
G 34.6° S 18.6° W 11 km
H 35.3° S 17.2° W 7 km
L 34.8° S 17.8° W 7 km
M 32.1° S 16.0° W 5 km
N 32.5° S 14.8° W 13 km
O 35.9° S 14.6° W 9 km
P 35.1° S 14.2° W 9 km
S 35.7° S 19.3° W 12 km
W 32.7° S 15.1° W 8 km
X 33.6° S 14.4° W 7 km
Y 33.2° S 17.7° W 9 km
Z 32.2° S 14.9° W 12 km


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