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Mons Bradley is a lunar mountain massif in the Montes Apenninus range, along the eastern edge of the Mare Imbrium. It is located to the west of the crater Conon. To the west of this peak is the Rima Bradley rille. (See below.)

Mons Bradley
Conon lunar crater.jpg
Mons Bradley is the long ridge in the left half of this photo. To the right is the crater Conon. NASA photo.
Highest point
Elevation4.2 km
ListingLunar mountains
Coordinates21°44′N 0°23′E / 21.73°N 0.38°E / 21.73; 0.38
Locationthe Moon
Mons Bradley and its nearby satellite craters taken from Earth in 2012 at the University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury Observatory with the telescopes Meade LX200 14" and Lumenera Skynyx 2-1

The selenographic coordinates of this peak are 21°44′N 0°23′E / 21.73°N 0.38°E / 21.73; 0.38. It has a maximum diameter of 30 km across the base, and rises to a height of about 4.2 km. It is named after the English astronomer James Bradley (1692–1762).[1]


Rima BradleyEdit

This is a graben-type rille located in the southeastern part of the Mare Imbrium, near the Montes Apenninus range. To the northwest is the prominent crater Archimedes. This rille follows a course to the southwest, starting at the Palus Putredinis, and cutting through a hummocky region. To the east of the northern end of this rille is Rima Hadley and the landing site of the Apollo 15 mission.

This feature is centered at selenographic coordinates 23°48′N 1°12′W / 23.8°N 1.2°W / 23.8; -1.2, and it has a maximum diameter of 161 km. The rille was named for the nearby Mons Bradley. Several tiny craters near this rille have been assigned names by the IAU. These are listed in the table below.

Crater Coordinates Diameter, km Name source
Ann 25°07′N 0°03′W / 25.11°N 0.05°W / 25.11; -0.05 (Ann) 3 Hebrew feminine name
Ian 25°43′N 0°23′W / 25.72°N 0.39°W / 25.72; -0.39 (Ian) 1 Gaelic masculine name
Kathleen 25°20′N 0°50′W / 25.34°N 0.83°W / 25.34; -0.83 (Kathleen) 5 Irish feminine name
Michael 25°03′N 0°13′W / 25.05°N 0.21°W / 25.05; -0.21 (Michael) 4 English masculine name
Patricia 24°55′N 0°30′W / 24.91°N 0.50°W / 24.91; -0.50 (Patricia) 5 English feminine name

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mons Bradley". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  • Andersson, L. E.; Whitaker, E. A. (1982). NASA Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature (PDF). NASA RP-1097. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  • Bussey, B.; Spudis, P. (2004). The Clementine Atlas of the Moon. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-81528-4.
  • Cocks, Elijah E.; Cocks, Josiah C. (1995). Who's Who on the Moon: A Biographical Dictionary of Lunar Nomenclature. Tudor Publishers. ISBN 978-0-936389-27-1.
  • McDowell, Jonathan (July 15, 2007). "Lunar Nomenclature". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
  • Menzel, D. H.; Minnaert, M.; Levin, B.; Dollfus, A.; Bell, B. (1971). "Report on Lunar Nomenclature by the Working Group of Commission 17 of the IAU". Space Science Reviews. 12 (2): 136–186. Bibcode:1971SSRv...12..136M. doi:10.1007/BF00171763.
  • Moore, Patrick (2001). On the Moon. Sterling Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-304-35469-6.
  • Price, Fred W. (1988). The Moon Observer's Handbook. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-33500-3.
  • Rükl, Antonín (1990). Atlas of the Moon. Kalmbach Books. ISBN 978-0-913135-17-4.
  • Webb, Rev. T. W. (1962). Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes (6th ed.). Dover. ISBN 978-0-486-20917-3.
  • Whitaker, Ewen A. (2003). Mapping and Naming the Moon. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-54414-6.
  • Wlasuk, Peter T. (2000). Observing the Moon. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-852-33193-1.

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