Luther (crater)

Luther is a small lunar impact crater on the northwest part of Mare Serenitatis, at the inlet to Lacus Somniorum. To the east-southeast is the large crater Posidonius. Luther has a circular rim and is cup-shaped, with no appreciable wear from impact erosion. It lies across a wrinkle ridge on the lunar mare.

Luther
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Coordinates33°12′N 24°06′E / 33.2°N 24.1°E / 33.2; 24.1Coordinates: 33°12′N 24°06′E / 33.2°N 24.1°E / 33.2; 24.1
Diameter10 km
Depth1.9 km
Colongitude336° at sunrise
EponymRobert Luther

The crater is named after German astronomer Robert Luther.[1]

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 Luther.

Luther Latitude Longitude Diameter
H 36.0° N 22.8° E 7 km
K 37.5° N 23.3° E 4 km
X 36.1° N 24.3° E 4 km
Y 38.1° N 24.4° E 4 km

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