Gassendi (moon crater)
|Gassendi crater rim|
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|Named after||Pierre Gassendi (1592–1655)|
|Unless otherwise stated, the information comes from the entry in the IAU / USGS database|
Gassendi is a large lunar crater in the southwest quadrant of the Earth's moon . The whale plain has a diameter of around 110 km and is characterized by numerous hills and lunar grooves as well as some high central mountains. It lies on the western edge of the slightly undulating Mare Nubium and directly north of the Mare Humorum .
The rim of the crater is heavily eroded and interrupted in the north by the younger Gassendi A crater . Gassendi and its central mountains can be seen in grazing light - about 3 days after the half-moon phase ; An astonishingly diverse object, even in a small telescope (four- to eight-inch).
- Selenographic coordinates of the crater center: 17 ° 36 'South, 40 ° 06' West
- named after the French scientist and mathematician Pierre Gassendi (1592–1655).