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Mons Huygens is the Moon's tallest mountain (but not its highest point).[1] It is about 5,500 m (18,000 ft) high and is located in the Montes Apenninus.[1] Adjacent to the west is Mons Ampère. The Montes Apenninus were formed by the impact that created Mare Imbrium. The mountain was named after the Dutch astronomer, mathematician and physician Christiaan Huygens.[2]

Mons Huygens
Mons Ampere Mons Huygens 4109 h3.jpg
Lunar Orbiter 4 image of Mons Ampère (below left of center) and Mons Huygens (above right of center)
Highest point
Elevation5.5 km
ListingLunar mountains
Coordinates19°55′12″N 2°53′24″W / 19.92000°N 2.89000°W / 19.92000; -2.89000
English translationMount Huygens
Language of nameLatin
Locationthe Moon



Mons Huygens
Labeled view from Earth

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  1. ^ a b MP - Mons Huygens
  2. ^ "Mons Huygens". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program., accessed August 19, 2017

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