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Vaughan crater - New name to the lunar nomenclature
John Moore
post Oct 17 2019, 08:46 PM
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Located on the farside of the Moon at Lat 41.41S, Long 171.85W (3.0 km in diameter), crater 'Vaughan' is a well deserved addition to the lunar nomenclature (so few named features by the IAU these days)...as viewed by LROC.

Top image, is an overhead view, middle image is a more 3d view looking westwards, and the bottom image show details subsequently lost in shadows.

Geological features: Impact melt on its north-western walls; impact-melt cracks on its western floor sector; boulders strewn on its outer rim; bright-ray material all around from the initial, central impact point.

A young-ish crater...by lunar geological standards. Use this LINK to zoom in or out for details.

As light reflection from crater walls can sometimes show up details in dark-shadowed regions, the last image below does so (think of the Earthshine effect).

John Moore





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