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McKellar (crater)

McKellar is a lunar impact crater on the Moon's far side, and it cannot be viewed directly from the Earth. It lies to the southwest of the crater Crookes, and the ray system from this impact covers the floor and sides of McKellar. To the south is the slightly smaller Bok.

McKellar
McKellar crater AS17-M-0182.jpg
Apollo 17 image
Coordinates15°42′S 170°48′W / 15.7°S 170.8°W / -15.7; -170.8Coordinates: 15°42′S 170°48′W / 15.7°S 170.8°W / -15.7; -170.8
Diameter51 km
DepthUnknown
Colongitude171° at sunrise
EponymAndrew McKellar

This crater is somewhat eroded, with a small crater along the northwestern rim. The interior floor is relatively level except for a cluster of three ridges arrayed to the north and west of the midpoint. Just to the south of this crater is a patch of high albedo on the surface, which is usually interpreted as an indication of a relatively fresh impact.

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 McKellar.

McKellar Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 13.1° S 169.1° W 16 km
S 16.0° S 173.3° W 23 km
T 15.1° S 173.0° W 45 km
U 13.9° S 174.5° W 37 km

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