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Kugler is a lunar impact crater that lies in the southern hemisphere on the far side of the Moon. It is located just past the southeast limb of the Moon's surface, in the proximity of the libration zone that is occasionally brought into sight. The crater lies in the midpoint between the craters Anuchin to the north-northwest and Priestley to the south-southeast.

Kugler
Kugler LROC.jpg
LRO WAC image
Coordinates53°48′S 103°42′E / 53.8°S 103.7°E / -53.8; 103.7Coordinates: 53°48′S 103°42′E / 53.8°S 103.7°E / -53.8; 103.7
Diameter65 km
DepthUnknown
Colongitude254° at sunrise
EponymFranz X. Kugler
View from Apollo 15, with Kugler U in upper right and Kugler N in upper left.

In the past the floor of this crater has been flooded by basaltic lava, leaving a dark (low albedo) surface that is level and nearly featureless except for a wrinkle ridge that crosses the crater. The surviving rim is low and heavily worn, with a number of old crater indentations along the edge. Attached to the western rim is the smaller Kugler U, an old, worn formation. To the south is the double-crater formation Kugler N, which has also been flooded by lava.

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 Kugler.

Kugler Latitude Longitude Diameter
N 56.3° S 102.8° E 42 km
R 55.5° S 98.6° E 13 km
U 54.0° S 101.5° E 37 km

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