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Auwers is a small lunar impact crater that is located in the Montes Haemus mountain range at the south edge of Mare Serenitatis. It is named after German astronomer Arthur Auwers.[1] It lies to the southeast of the crater Menelaus. The irregular rim of Auwers has a gap at the north-northwest edge, which allowed lava flows to reach the crater floor and flood the interior.

Auwers crater 4090 h2.jpg
Lunar Orbiter 4 image (blemish south of crater is present on original photo)
Coordinates15°06′N 17°12′E / 15.1°N 17.2°E / 15.1; 17.2Coordinates: 15°06′N 17°12′E / 15.1°N 17.2°E / 15.1; 17.2
Diameter20 km
Depth1.7 km
Colongitude343° at sunrise
EponymArthur Auwers

Satellite cratersEdit

Satellite craters of Auwers

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

Auwers Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 13.8° N 18.3° E 8 km


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External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Auwers (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.