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Lat: 22.1°S, Long: 12.7°E, Diam: 47 km, Depth: 3.73 km, Rükl: 56

external image Azophi-IV96-H1.jpg
LO IV The crater partially visible in the upper left is Abenezra, and the large old one to Azophi's southwest is Azophi G.


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images
- Azophi was also captured on several frames made by the southward looking mapping/metric Fairchild camera of Apollo 16, such as frame AS16-M-0702, which shows the couple Abenezra and Azophi near the central part of the depicted curved horizon.
- Research: Danny Caes.


(LAC zone 96A4) LAC map Geologic map


Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) AZOPHI.--A prominent ring-plain, 30 miles in diameter, W.N.W. of Sacrobosco, its lofty barrier towering nearly 11,000 feet above a somewhat dusky interior, which includes some light spots. A massive curved mountain arm runs from the S. side of this formation to a small ring-plain E. of Playfair.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 3.73 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 3.73 km


  • Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi (Azophi) (December 7, 903 - May 25, 986) was a Persian astronomer. He worked on translating and expanding Greek astronomical works, especially the Almagest of Ptolemy. He contributed several corrections to Ptolemy's star list and did his own brightness and magnitude estimates which frequently deviated from those in Ptolemy's work. He identified the Large Magellanic Cloud, which was not seen by Europeans until Magellan's voyage in the 16th century. He was a major translator into Arabic of the Hellenistic astronomy; the first to attempt to relate the Greek with the traditional Arabic star names and constellations. The earliest recorded observation of the Andromeda Galaxy was done by him in 964; he described it as a "small cloud". He observed that the ecliptic plane is inclined with respect to the celestial equator and more accurately calculated the length of the tropical year.
  • Azophi A was called Sisebuto by Wilkins and Paluzie-Borrell, but the IAU did not accept that name.
  • Sisebuto (Wikipedia) was a Spanish king who reigned A.D. 612-621.

LPOD Articles

Sacreblue? No, Sacrobosco


Azophi A ("Sisebuto"): Wilkins and Moore.