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Lat: 34.44°S, Long: 85.42°E, Diam: 119.44 km, Depth: 1.19 km, Rükl: 69

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LO-IV-009M Abel is the irregular shape in the center of the field. Several of the other craters visible in this field have been given IAU lettered designations for their proximity to Abel.


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images

  • Abel and the curious arc-shaped remains of a small crater (on the northeastern part of Abel's dark floor) are also noticeable on several of Apollo 15's south-looking oblique Fairchild mapping/metric camera photographs, such as AS15-M-2507. In this frame, Abel is depicted very near the curved horizon (the central part of it).
    • Research orbital Apollo 15 photography: Danny Caes.


(LAC zone 116A1) USGS Digital Atlas PDF




Additional Information

  • IAU page: Abel
  • Data from Kurt Fisher crater depths
    • Westfall, 2000: 1.19 km
  • Magnetic field anomaly at -25°, 90° and nearby gravity anomaly. Unlike most magnetic anomalies (e.g. Reiner Gamma) there is no known albedo feature at Abel. Milbury et al, 2008


  • Named for Niels Henrik Abel (August 5, 1802–April 6, 1829), a Norwegian mathematician. Abel's first notable work was a proof of the impossibility of solving the quintic equation by radicals.
  • Not to be confused with Abell (George Ogden Abell; American astronomer, 1927-1983).
  • Name originally given by Franz, but not included in Blagg and Müller's Named Lunar Formations so not considered official IAU nomenclature until Whitaker and Arthur included it in the Rectified Lunar Atlas (Whitaker, p. 225).

LROC Articles

Punching through Abel C

Satellite Features

Abel Satellite Features


Hill, Harold. 1991. A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings., page 239 (limb regions south and east of Humboldt).

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