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Coordinates: 18°38′S 7°20′W / 18.63°S 7.34°W / -18.63; -7.34

Promonontorium Taenarium is on the mid-lower left of the LRO image

Promontorium Taenarium is a headland on the near side of the Moon. It is located in the eastern end of Mare Nubium. Its length is about 70 km. Its coordinates are 18°39′0″S 7°28′24″W / 18.65000°S 7.47333°W / -18.65000; -7.47333.[1]

The name Promontorium Taenarium was first used by Johannes Hevelius in his 1647 map of the Moon, but this refers to a bright point at crater Guericke B.[2] Taenarium refers to Cape Tainaron (known as Cape Matapan), the southernmost point of the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Promontorium Taenarium". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ Ewen A. Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon (Cambridge University Press, 1999), p. 208.

External linksEdit

  • Promontorium Taenarium at Moon Wiki
  • Wood, Chuck (July 27, 2004). "Obliquely Viewed Fault". Lunar Photo of the Day. - features the promontory