Meshcherskiy (crater)

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Meshcherskiy
Meshcherskiy LRO WAC.jpg
LRO image
Coordinates12°12′N 125°30′E / 12.2°N 125.5°E / 12.2; 125.5Coordinates: 12°12′N 125°30′E / 12.2°N 125.5°E / 12.2; 125.5


Diameter65 km
Colongitude235° at sunrise
EponymIvan V. Meshcherskiy

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Oblique Apollo 16 image

Meshcherskiy is an impact crater that is located on the Moon's far side, to the east-northeast of the larger Ostwald. To the east-southeast of Meshchersky is the crater Vetchinkin.

This is a moderately worn crater formation, with some erosion along the south and northeast. The interior floor has an area of low-albedo surface in its southern part. The remainder of the floor is more irregular in the eastern half.

Naming[edit | edit source]

The crater is named after the Russian mathematician Ivan Vsevolodovich Meshcherskiy. Prior to naming in 1970 by the IAU,[1] this crater was known as Crater 214.[2]

Satellite craters[edit | edit source]

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

Meshcherskiy Latitude Longitude Diameter
K 9.6° N 126.8° E 17 km
X 16.0° N 124.2° E 39 km

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Meshcherskiy, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
  2. Lunar Farside Chart (LFC-1A)

External links[edit | edit source]