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Brayley is a lunar impact crater located in the southwest part of the Mare Imbrium. It was named after British geographer Edward W. Brayley.[1] It has a circular rim and a low rise in the center. There are no notable craters overlapping the rim or interior. The sinuous rille Rima Brayley passes to the north of Brayley.

Brayley crater 4138 h3.jpg
Coordinates20°54′N 36°54′W / 20.9°N 36.9°W / 20.9; -36.9Coordinates: 20°54′N 36°54′W / 20.9°N 36.9°W / 20.9; -36.9
Diameter14.5 km
Depth2.8 km
Colongitude37° at sunrise
EponymEdward W. Brayley
Apollo 15 image
Apollo 17 image
The very young rimless crater near the bottom center of this Apollo 17 image is Brayley G, which is probably a collapse feature rather than an impact crater

Satellite cratersEdit

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

Brayley Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 20.8° N 34.3° W 10 km
C 21.4° N 39.4° W 9 km
D 20.1° N 32.8° W 6 km
E 21.2° N 39.7° W 5 km
F 21.1° N 34.0° W 5 km
G 24.2° N 36.5° W 5 km
K 21.2° N 41.7° W 3 km
L 20.9° N 42.6° W 4 km
S 25.0° N 36.7° W 3 km


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