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Lat: 54.9°S, Long: 51.3°E, Diam: 76 km, Depth: 5.55 km, Rükl: 75

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Mario Weigand


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Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) BIELA.--A considerable ring-plain, about 55 miles in diameter, S.E. of Janssen, with a wall broken on the N.E., S., and W. by rings and large enclosures. There is a central mountain, but apparently no other details on the floor.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 5.55 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 3.1 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 2.01 km
  • Central peak height


  • Named for Wilhelm von Biela (March 19, 1782 – February 18, 1856), a German-Austrian amateur astronomer. He specialized in observing and calculating the orbits of comets. He also did some sunspot observations. He independently discovered some comets that others had already found, and made one independent discovery of his own: the lost periodic comet 3D/Biela.

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