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Pogson is a lunar impact crater on the Moon's far side, behind the southeastern limb. It is located midway between the flooded crater Lebedev to the southwest and Bjerknes to the northeast. Farther west of Pogson is the uneven Mare Australe.

Pogson LROC.jpg
LRO WAC image
Coordinates42°12′S 110°30′E / 42.2°S 110.5°E / -42.2; 110.5Coordinates: 42°12′S 110°30′E / 42.2°S 110.5°E / -42.2; 110.5
Diameter50 km
Colongitude250° at sunrise
EponymNorman R. Pogson
Oblique view from Lunar Orbiter 3, facing south

This is a circular crater with a somewhat worn rim. A small craterlet lies across the southern rim, and pair is located long the northeastern rim. The interior floor has a slightly lower albedo than the surroundings, and is level and nearly featureless.

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 Pogson.

Pogson Latitude Longitude Diameter
C 41.5° S 111.5° E 20 km
F 42.0° S 114.6° E 35 km
G 42.7° S 112.7° E 39 km

See alsoEdit


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