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Lat: 57.46°S, Long: 174.84°E, Diam: 63.98 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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  • Named for Ernst Karl Abbe (January 23, 1840 in Eisenach – January 14, 1905 in Jena), a German physicist at the University of Jena.
  • Abbe was one of the foremost optical engineers of all time. During his 40 year association with the Carl Zeiss Optical Works in Jena (of which he eventually became owner), he made important contributions to things as diverse as the production of technical glass, the mathematical theory of aberrations in optical instruments, and workplace reform. Although Abbe's personal work concentrated on the perfection of the microscope, during his tenure Zeiss was a leading producer of precision optical instruments of all sorts, including telescopes. - Jim Mosher
  • The name Abbe was among the long list of new names for farside features approved by the IAU in 1970 and published in Menzel, 1971.
  • The shallow southwest-northeast running valley, east of Abbe, is unofficially called Vallis Abbe by Danny Caes.
  • It might be interesting to include Cleveland Abbe (1838-1916); American meteorologist and advocate of time zones. See also the Sourcebook Project at the lower part of this page. - DannyCaes Apr 16, 2015
  • Shall it (the name Abbe) always be number one in the alphabetic list of named lunar formations? Is there really no other name preceding Abbe? - DannyCaes May 23, 2017
  • Officially unnamed (not lettered) large crater with smaller (also unnamed) companion west-southwest of it, both of them located between Abbe M and Poincaré F and poincaré J, see:

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NAC ANAGLYPH: Eastern Abbe H


A certain Cleveland Abbe in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

This is a curiosity (something to investigate).
This curiosity is not at all related to Ernst Karl Abbe and/or the farside crater officially known as Abbe, but... it's quite interesting!
Who was Cleveland Abbe? See GEL5-R8 in Rare Halos, Mirages, Anomalous Rainbows, and related electromagnetic phenomena (William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1984). GEL5: Anomalous Aspects of the Krakatoa Sunsets.
According to the Sourcebook Project, Cleveland Abbe wrote about the Krakatoa sunsets in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884. - DannyCaes Apr 16, 2015
Cleveland Abbe is also mentioned in Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and related luminous phenomena (1982) :
  • GLA12-R6; in the chapter -The Close Relationship between Auroral Displays and Clouds-.
  • GLA21-R3: The Height of the Aurora (Cleveland Abbe, Nature, 1899). GLA21: Auroras and Surface Fogs and Mists.

And also in Earthquakes, Tides, Unidentified Sounds, and related seismic phenomena (1983) :

  • GSD1-R27: Mistpoeffer, Uminari, Atmospheric Noises (Cleveland Abbe, Monthly Weather Review, 1915). GSD1: Explosive Sounds Heard along Seacoasts and near Large Bodies of Water.

Cleveland Abbe is also mentioned in Carl B. Boyer's book The Rainbow; from Myth to Mathematics (Princeton, 1987).

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