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Suess is a small lunar impact crater on the Oceanus Procellarum. It is a circular, cup-shaped feature with a higher albedo than the surroundings. The closest significant crater is Reiner, about 150 kilometers to the west-northwest. The lunar mare that surrounds Suess is marked by the rays radiating from the crater Kepler to the east-northeast.

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Apollo 12 image, showing the crater's hummocky ejecta surrounding the rim
Coordinates4°24′N 47°36′W / 4.4°N 47.6°W / 4.4; -47.6Coordinates: 4°24′N 47°36′W / 4.4°N 47.6°W / 4.4; -47.6
Diameter9 km
Depth0.5 km
Colongitude48° at sunrise
EponymEduard Suess
Oblique view of Suess (upper left) and its satellite craters H, D, and B, while at the terminator, from Lunar Orbiter 3

The long, sinuous rille named Rima Suess begins about 30 kilometers to the east of Suess, and winds its way in a generally north-northwesterly direction for a length of almost 200 kilometers.

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 Suess.

Suess Latitude Longitude Diameter
B 5.7° N 47.3° W 8 km
D 4.7° N 46.5° W 7 km
F 1.1° N 44.6° W 7 km
G 3.4° N 48.4° W 4 km
H 4.0° N 45.7° W 4 km
J 6.9° N 48.5° W 3 km
K 6.5° N 50.0° W 3 km
L 6.1° N 50.5° W 5 km


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