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Lat: 67.06°S, Long: 4.09°E, Diam: 96 km, Depth: 3.75 km, Rükl: 73

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Left: LROC WAC mosaic image (No.s M119827656ME and M119834425ME). Calibrated by LROC_WAC_Previewer.
Right: Mario Weigand This Earth-based view is oriented with sourth up. The 61-km crater in the lower left corner is Curtius D. In the extreme upper right corner, a small part of the sunlit inner wall of Moretus can be seen. The 12-km diameter shadowed crater of Curtius's southwest rim (upper right in the Earth-based view) is Curtius A, while the similarly-sized, but older, one on the east rim is Curtius E.


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(LAC zone 137B2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF Clementine UV-VIS Multispectral Mosaic



(IAU Directions) CURTIUS.--A magnificent formation, about 50 miles in diameter, with one of the loftiest ramparts on the visible surface, rising at a mountain mass on the N.W. to more than 22,000 feet, an altitude which is only surpassed by peaks on the walls of Newton and Casatus. There is a bright crater on the S.W. border and another on the E. The formation is too near the S. limb for satisfactory scrutiny. Between Curtius and Zach is a fine group of unnamed enclosures.



Additional Information


  • Named for Albert Curtz (also known as Curtius) (1600-1671), a German astronomer. He expanded on the works of Tycho Brahe and used the pseudonym of Lucius Barrettus.
  • This name has continued unchanged since its original use for this feature on Riccioli's map (Whitaker, p. 211), except that it was there labeled Curtius Soc. I, the Soc. I meaning "Society of Jesus" (see Nomenclature-Jesuits).
  • Curtius B, north of Curtius itself, was called Briggi by Van Langren (see page 195 in E.A.Whitaker's Mapping and Naming the Moon).

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LAC No. 137. Excerpt from the USGS Digital Atlas of the Moon.

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