Pickering (lunar crater)

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Pickering
Pickering crater AS16-M-0838.jpg
Oblique Apollo 16 image
Coordinates2°54′S 7°00′E / 2.9°S 7.0°E / -2.9; 7.0Coordinates: 2°54′S 7°00′E / 2.9°S 7.0°E / -2.9; 7.0
Diameter15 km
Depth2.7 km
Colongitude353° at sunrise
EponymEdward C. Pickering and William H. Pickering

Pickering is a small lunar impact crater located to the northeast of the worn walled plain Hipparchus in the central region of the Moon. It was named after American astronomers Edward Charles Pickering and William Henry Pickering.[1] It lies more than 25 km northeast of the crater Horrocks, which lies within Hipparchus. To the southeast is the lava-flooded Saunder.

Pickering is a bowl-shaped formation with a circular rim that has received little wear. It has a ray system that extends for about 160 kilometers.

Satellite craters[edit]

Pickering crater and its 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

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Pickering.

Pickering Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 1.5° S 7.1° E 5 km
B 2.1° S 7.4° E 6 km
C 1.5° S 6.1° E 4 km

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References[edit]

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