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[#THE-MOON WIKI--Introduction Introduction ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI--Motivation Motivation ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI--Contributors & Contributions Contributors & Contributions ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI--Lunar People Lunar People ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI--Quality Quality ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-How to Help How to Help ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Explanations Explanations ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Alphabetical Index to Named Features Alphabetical Index to Named Features]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Special Features Lists Special Features Lists]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Special Features Lists-Surface Features Surface Features ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Special Features Lists-Nomenclature Lists Nomenclature Lists ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Special Features Lists-Other Other ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar 100 Lunar 100 ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Glossary Glossary ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Glossary-Feature Nomenclature Feature Nomenclature ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Glossary-Organizations Organizations ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Glossary-Acronyms and abbreviations Acronyms and abbreviations ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Glossary-Other terms Other terms ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Bibliography Bibliography ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Photo of the Day Lunar Photo of the Day]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Maps Lunar Maps]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Maps-Rükl-based Index to the-Moon Wiki Rükl-based Index to the-Moon Wiki]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Missions Lunar Missions]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Places Lunar Places]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Nomenclature Lunar Nomenclature ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Nomenclature-IAU Planetary Gazetteer IAU Planetary Gazetteer ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Nomenclature-IAU nomenclature IAU nomenclature ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Nomenclature-A Nomenclature Zoo A Nomenclature Zoo ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Nomenclature-Landing Sites Landing Sites ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-A New Atlas? A New Atlas?]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Children's Books Children's Books]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Scientists Lunar Scientists ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Scientists-Warner Collection Warner Collection ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Lunar Scientists-Individual Scientists Individual Scientists ]
[#THE-MOON WIKI-Rükl Map Images Rükl Map Images]
The-Moon Wiki has amassed an incredible amount of information over a huge number of pages. This site map was created to give an outline of the type of information and where to find it. This list will continue to grow as new information is added. If you find a page that should be listed here – or a better format, let us know by adding a comment on the discussion tab above. Meanwhile, click through the list to explore the Moon! - LunarMark LunarMark Oct 28, 2008




Contributors & Contributions

Lunar People


How to Help

Quick Guide to Contributing to The-Moon
How to Add info to Existing Pages
How to Add Pages
How to Add a Photo
Some Specific Things You Can Do to Help


Page Title
Lat:, Long:, Diameter: km, Depth: km, Rukl, USGS age
Main Image
Description: Elger
Description: Wikipedia
Additional Information
LPOD Articles

Alphabetical Index to Named Features


Special Features Lists

Surface Features

Banded craters
Catenae - crater chains
Colored regions
Colored regions - Part 2
Colored regions - Part 3
Concentric Craters
Cryptomaria - hidden maria
Dark halo craterlets
Dorsa - mare ridges
Floor Fractured Craters
Lacus - lakes (and other unnamed dark spots).
Maria - seas
Oblique Impact Craters
Partially Buried Craters
Pronounced Central Peaks
Ray craters (and bright -high albedo- spots).
Rupes - faults
Terrae (discontinued)
Twin craters
Vallis - valleys

Nomenclature Lists


· Optical Feature Names
· Unofficial Names (A to F)
· Unofficial Names (G to L) (+ small interview).
· Unofficial Names (M to R) (+ list of people behind Unofficial /Informal /Discontinued Nomenclature).
· Unofficial Names (S to Z) (+ miscellaneous Info).
· Names of G.B.Riccioli
· Names of Felix Chemla Lamèch
· Unofficial Names of Hugh Percy Wilkins


Apollo 8 Orbital Lunar Photography (a handy guide to the many orbital pans created by David Woods and Frank O'Brien of the Apollo 8 Flight Journal).
Anaglyphs of the lunar surface (3D-Stereo images of the telescopically observed moon, Apollo orbital observations, and Apollo surface 3D-photography).
Guinness Book of Lunar Records
Lunar Orbiter 1 - catalog of photographed features
Lunar Orbiter 2 - catalog of photographed features
Lunar Orbiter 3 - catalog of photographed features
(Lunar Orbiter 4 - catalog of photographed features, see: the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Search By Feature Name).
Lunar Orbiter 5 - catalog of photographed features
Unknown lunar regions on orbital Apollo photography
Guide to NASA SP-362 Apollo Over The Moon
Images needed
Administrator attention needed
Planning Pages

Lunar 100

Lunar 100 List
Additional Information
LPOD Articles
Lunar 100 Links


Feature Nomenclature

Albedo feature - unusually dark or light
Boulder tracks - narrow grooves left by rolling or sliding rocks and boulders
Catena - a chain of craters
Central peak composition - chemical makeup of crater central peaks
Concentric crater - small crater with two rims, sort of..
Crater - circular depression
Cryptomaria - hidden maria
Dark-halo - low-albedo deposits surrounding some craters
Dorsum - ridge
Floor Fractured Crater -impact morphology modified by volcanic-related activity
Fossa - long, narrow depression
Lacus - "lake" (small plain)
Landing site name - at or near Apollo landing site
Lunar Basin - extremely large impact craters
Mare - "sea" (large circular plain)
Minor feature - extremely small named craters
Mons - mountain
Montes - mountain range
Oceanus - "ocean" (very large dark area)
Palus - "swamp" (small plain)
Planum - high plain
Planitia - low plain
Promontorium - headland or promontory
Pyroclastic - type of rocks of volcanic origin
Radar bright - radar bright craters are young
Ray craters - craters with prominent 'rays' extending outward
Rima - fissure (Latin) or rille (German for groove)
Rupes - fault
Satellite feature - lettered crater
Sinus - "bay" (small plain)
Swirl - bright areas typically associated with strong magnetic anomalies
Thermal anomaly crater - craters that have temperature anomalies during eclipses (described in Moore et al, 1980)
Tholus - small, domical hill
Vallis - valley
Volcano - possible or actual


ALPO - Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers
BAA - British Astronomical Association
DMA - Defense Mapping Agency
GLR - Geological Lunar Researches Group
IAU - International Astronomical Union
JPL - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JSC - Johnson Space Center
LPACC - Lunar Photography and Cartography Committee
LPI - Lunar and Planetary Institute
LPL - Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
TGLN - Task Group for Lunar Nomenclature
USGS - United States Geological Survey
WGPSN - IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature

Acronyms and abbreviations

AIC - 1:500,000 map series (1/4 of LAC zone, very limited coverage)
CMP - Command Module Pilot (Apollo program)
CSM - Command Service Module (Apollo program)
DEM - digital elevation model
IAU directions - north up, east to right
IAU nomenclature - official system for naming Lunar features
JPL Horizons - online solar system ephemeris
LAC - 1:1,000,000 map series (44 maps, partial coverage, nearside only)
LAC zone - notation defining lunar map area
LM - Lunar Module (Apollo program)
LM map series - 1:1,000,000 map series (updates of LAC series; 11 maps only)
LMP - 1:5,000,000 map series (3 maps, full coverage)
LPOD - Lunar Photo of the Day (website)
LRL - Lunar Receiving Laboratory
LTM - early nearside topographic map in east and west hemispheres
LTO - 1:250,000 map series (1/16th of LAC zone, partial coverage in Apollo zone)
LTVT - Lunar Terminator Visualization Tool (computer program)
PI - principal investigator
Map-a-Planet - on-line service for interactively creating lunar maps
S-IVB - (or S-4B) - The stage of the Saturn-V rocket which boosted the CSM and LM out of Earth orbit, enroute to the moon (Apollo program)
SIM - Scientific Instruments Module (Apollo program)
Topophotomap -- same as LTO but covers smaller area; various scales; limited coverage
ULCN - Unified Lunar Control Network
VIP (VIP-site).
VMA - Virtual Moon Atlas (computer program)
Xi-Eta - position of nearside feature in X-Y coordinates

Other terms

Albedo - the reflectance of a surface
Anaglyph - stereoscopic image composed of two slightly shifted images, both in opposite colors
Apollo 8 - first manned mission to orbit the moon (december 1968).
Clair-obscur - "features" produced by patterns of light and shadow; also called "Trompe l'oeil"
Colongitude - 90° minus longitude of subsolar point
Conjunction - Moon and Sun in same direction in sky
Earthshine - Earth-to-moon reflected sunlight, also called "Ashen Light"
Elongation - apparent angle between Sun and Moon
Evening Terminator - line of sunset on the Moon
Librations - apparent rocking motions of the Moon as viewed from Earth
Limb - the Moon's edge
Lunar Orbiter - space mission
Lunar Pyroclastic Volcanism Project - USGS cataloging of volcanic ash deposits
Morning Terminator - line of sunrise on the Moon
Opposition - Moon opposite Sun in sky
Opposition Surge - increase in brightness near zero phase angle
Pareidolia - images of living creatures (mostly faces) and other familiar objects seen in Earth's and the moon's surface formations (an optical illusion, often called "Trompe l'oeil")
Phase - illuminated fraction of Moon
Phase Angle - angle between Sun and observer as seen from Moon
Phases - named points in the lunar cycle (New, First Quarter, Full, Last Quarter)
Resolution - the size of the smallest detectable detail
Retro-Reflection phenomena - lunar Heiligenschein
Selenographic Coordinates - system of latitude and longitude on Moon
Stratigraphy - system to rank relative age of rocks
Sub-Earth Point - location on surface where Earth is directly overhead
Subsolar Point - location on surface where Sun is directly overhead
Sun angle - angle of sun above local horizontal
Synodic month - interval from New Moon to New Moon
Terminator - the line separating the sunlit and shadowed side of the Moon


Maps, atlases and related
Popular/General Interest

Lunar Photo of the Day

Today's LPOD
About LPOD
Submit an Image

LPOD Search
Kurt's LPOD Index
Photo Gallery
LPOD Miscellany

Lunar Maps

Chronological List

Rükl-based Index to the-Moon Wiki

- Description
- Index Map
- Links to Sectional Maps
- Additional Information

Lunar Missions

Completed Missions and Programs
Active Missions
Planned Missions
Comparison of Lunar Orbiter Instrumentations

Lunar Places

Lunar Web Sites
Lunar Photograph Web Sites
Research Centers

Lunar Nomenclature

IAU Planetary Gazetteer

IAU nomenclature

- Description 
- Additional Information
- Pre-History
- The Beginnings
- The Middle Phase
- The Space-based Phase
- The Planetary Gazetteer Phase
- Recent Developments
- IAU Name Change Chronology
- Criticisms
- Disclaimer
- LPOD Articles
- Bibliography
IAU Names Chronology
Who's Who on the Moon
Major Maps and Books
Excerpts from Transactions of the IAU

A Nomenclature Zoo

- Statistics 
- Oldest-Newest
- Odd Characters
- Largest -- Smallest
- Longest-Shortest
- Volcanoes
- Non-scientists
- Living People
- Multiple Honorees
- Sound-Alikes
- Moved Names
- Dropped Names
- Shortest-lived Name
- The 44 Writers, etc.
- First Names
Invalid NASA Names

Landing Sites

- Description 
- Additional Information
- List of Sites
- Apollo 11 Site
- Apollo 12 Site
- Apollo 13
- Apollo 14 Site
- Apollo 15 Site
- Apollo 16 Site
- Apollo 17 Site
- Luna 2
- Luna 9
- Luna 16
- Surveyor Missions
LPOD Articles

A New Atlas?

Children's Books

Picture Books
Additional Information

Lunar Scientists

Warner Collection

Intro & Index

Individual Scientists

Lunar Scientists
17th-19th Centuries
20th Century

Rükl Map Images

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