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Crater on the Moon

Crater on the Moon

Feature onThe Moon
Feature typeCrater
Lunar coordinates14.5° S, 23.5° W
DimensionsDiameter 15km; depth 2.6Km

A small but prominent crater lying at the point where three lunar seas come together. It falls on the southern fringes of Mare Cognitum, where that small mare borders Mare Nubium to the south, and both meet the enormous Oceanus Procellarum to the west. The crater takes its name from French astronomer and lunar observer Maurice Darney.

Darney is the result of a comparatively recent impact on the Moon that left a bowl-shaped depression some 15km across and 2.6km deep. The material within the crater is more reflective than its surroundings, and rays of material extend outwards from Darney across the face of the Moon. This means that, though small, Darney stands out clearly against the darker background of the surrounding lunar surface.


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