Al-Bakri (crater)

Al-Bakri (Arabic: البكري‎) is a small lunar impact crater on the northwest edge of Mare Tranquillitatis. It is named after the Spanish Arab geographer and historian Abu Abdullah al-Bakri.[1] It is just south of the eastern arm of the Montes Haemus that borders the Mare Serenitatis to the north. To the east-northeast is the prominent crater Plinius. South of the crater are the rilles of the Rimae Maclear.

Al-Bakri crater 4085 h2.jpg
Coordinates14°18′N 20°12′E / 14.3°N 20.2°E / 14.3; 20.2Coordinates: 14°18′N 20°12′E / 14.3°N 20.2°E / 14.3; 20.2
Diameter12 km
Depth1.0 km
Colongitude340° at sunrise
EponymAbu Abdullah al-Bakri
Oblique view from Apollo 15

Al-Bakri was designated Tacquet A prior to being assigned a name by the IAU. The tiny Tacquet lies to the northwest on the Mare Serenitatis.


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External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Al-Bakri". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.