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Marius Hills

(unofficial name)

Lat: 12.4°N, Long: 54.0°W, Diam: 27.8 km, Depth: km, Rükl 29

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Left: LO-IV-157-H2 North is up in this overhead view in which the namesake crater Marius is out of the field to the right. The sinuous rille on the left (a little below center) is Rima Galilaei.
Right: Oliver Pettenpaul In this image, north is to the right. The namesake crater, Marius is at the bottom; and the photo extends from 8-km Reiner H and 5-km Marius X on the left to the identically sized Marius L and Q on the right (these two pairs of craters are also visible at the bottom and top of the Lunar Orbiter overhead view).


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  • An impressive orbital photograph of the Marius Hills (made by Lunar Orbiter 2; Frame 2213) was included on pages 220-221 in the National Geographic of February 1969 (The Moon by Kenneth F. Weaver). Research:- DannyCaes Mar 24, 2008
  • Impressive close-ups of the domefield and rilles west-northwest of Marius were made by Lunar Orbiter 5: Frames 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, and 216. - DannyCaes Mar 24, 2008


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Informal name for a region in Oceanus Procellarum peppered with volcanic domes and rilles.

Description: Neison

(IAU Directions) (from Neison, 1876, p. 316): Marius. ... On the west extend a very great number of these ridges together with many hills and the highest points here are Marius Epsilon which rises 1,042 feet above the plain and Iota which is perhaps 900 feet high. ... East of Marius are a considerable number of craterlets together with a number of hills only visible near the terminator though the craterlets are distinct even in Full.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

  • The Marius Hills are an area of thermal cooling anomalies Moore et al, 1980, for craters this implies youthful ages, but since these are known old volcanoes it probably means that fresh rocks are exposed on steep slopes.
  • Other concentrations of domes can be found near the craters Hortensius and Milichius.
  • See also Marius Hills Constellation Region of Interest.


  • Unofficially named after the nearby crater (Marius).
  • In the original IAU nomenclature of Blagg and Müller about seven of the individual peaks had Greek-lettered designations. More were added in the System of Lunar Craters, but all of these were dropped by the IAU in 1973.

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