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Lat: 38.36°N, Long: 98.41°E, Diam: 272.58 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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left: LOV 181 M. right: LRO-WAC. Harkhebi is the heavily eroded crater overlaid at upper right by Fabry; Giordano Bruno at lower right


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  • Apollo 16's color-Hasselblad AS16-121-19445 shows Harkhebi between the bright ray-crater Giordano Bruno and the walled plain Fabry (which is visible a little bit to the left of the frame's centre).
  • Research: Danny Caes.


(LAC zone 29C1) USGS Digital Atlas PDF




Additional Information


  • Named for Harkhebi (ca. 300 BC), an astronomer who lived in Ptolemaic Egypt during the rule of the Ptolemaic dynasty. He may have based many of his observations on earlier Babylonian contributions to astronomy.
  • Harkhebi was among the long list of IAU-approved farside lunar feature names published in Menzel, 1971.
  • Danny Caes notes that Harkhebi was labeled Riemann on Antonín Rükl's 1972 Maps of lunar hemispheres. Riemann was one of six nearside names that were deemed sufficiently indistinct to merit deleting the nearside names and reusing the names on the farside (IAU Transactions XIVB, 1970). However, subsequent to the October, 1970 printing of provisional ACIC maps illustrating the new IAU farside nomenclature, these six nearside names were reinstated (Menzel, 1971), so Rükl's use of the name Riemann for the farside feature was incorrect (as he notes in the booklet accompanying his maps). - Jim Mosher

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