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(formerly Tacquet A)

Lat: 14.33°N, Long: 20.24°E, Diam: 12.21 km, Depth: 1.04 km, Rükl: 35

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  • Dark low-albedo spots and radiating streaks are noticeable on Al-Bakri's bright inner slopes. Apollo 15's orbital ITEK-panoramic frames AS15-P-9888 and AS15-P-9893 show remarkable high-sun close ups of Al-Bakri, looking very much like some kind of bright "lunar ring nebula".
    • Research: Danny Caes


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Additional Information

  • IAU page: Al-Bakri
  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 1.04 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 1 km
  • High-albedo craterlet north-northeast of Al-Bakri, with smaller companion (a tiny ray-craterlet) immediately south of the larger one (see LRO's Act-React Quick Map). The floor of the larger high-albedo craterlet looks like some sort of valley. - DannyCaes Jun 9, 2012

Irregular Mare Patches (IMPs) in the neighborhood of Al-Bakri

  • South-southwest of Al-Bakri (about halfway between Al-Bakri and the elongated hill unofficially known as the Seagull by the folks of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon), at LAT: 13.95 / LON: 20.05 (2 examples, a large and a small one, the large one has a length of about 600 meters). - DannyCaes Oct 16, 2014
  • North-northwest of Al-Bakri, at LAT: 14.6680, LON: 20.0460 (diameter about 200 meters). - DannyCaes Oct 16, 2014


  • Named for Abu Abdullah al-Bakri (1014–1094), a Spanish-Arab geographer and historian. He was born in Huelva, the son of the governor of the province. Al-Bakri spent his entire life in Spain, living in Cordova, and never travelled to the locations of which he wrote.
  • The name Tacquet A was part of the original IAU nomenclature of Blagg and Müller (Catalog Entry 592). That name was a modification of Menelaus A, the name given to this crater by Mädler.
  • This replacement name for a formerly lettered crater was provisionally introduced on LTO-60B1 (July, 1974). It was approved in 1976 (IAU Transactions XVIB). - Jim Mosher
  • Felix Chemla Lamèch once proposed naming this crater Drossos, but that name was not accepted by the I.A.U.. Research: Ewen A. Whitaker and Danny Caes (August 2003, mail correspondence).
  • A system of two arc-shaped remnants of ghost craters, south-southwest of Al-Bakri, is known as The Seagull, because of its typical shape. Thus nicknamed by David North and Akkana Peck.
  • Three orbital Hasselblad photographs made during the mission of Apollo 15 show The Seagull in close-up: AS15-92-12540, 12541, and 12542. These three photographs are also online as King Size Hi-Res; in Kipp Teague's Project Apollo Archive (Full Hasselblad magazines). D.Caes research.

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