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Lat: 39.14°S, Long: 39.06°E, Diam: 90.01 km, Depth: 1.8 km, Rükl: 68

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LOIV 076 H2 Brenner is the large eroded feature. The 32-km crater straddling its south rim is Brenner A.


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  • Named for Leo Brenner, the astronomical pen name of Spiridon Gopcevic (July 9, 1855–1928), a Croatian astronomer and author. In 1893 he founded Manora Observatory on Mali Lošinj where he used a 17.5 cm refractor to make observe Mars, the rings of Saturn, and other planets. He also published an astronomical journal from 1899 to 1909. According to Ashbrook, 1984 (pages 103-111) Brenner/Gopcevic withdrew from astronomy and returned to his former life as a political propagandist after his fantastic claims, and a tendency to falsify information, alienated him from his readers. He died in obscurity.
  • Brenner is Catalog number 4461a in the IAU's Named Lunar Formations, the small "a" indicating it is a feature interpolated between those cataloged in the earlier Collated List. The name is attributed to Fauth

LPOD Articles


Epic Moon (William P.Sheehan/ Thomas A. Dobbins), pages 273-274 (about Spiridion Gopcevic/ Leo Brenner).

Leo Brenner in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

- In Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979) :
  • Page 76: Visibility of the Dark Side of Mercury (Leo Brenner, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, 1896).
  • Page 130: Notes on the Rotation Period of Venus (E.M.Antoniadi, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1898).

There was also a certain E. G. Brenner (Observatory, 1896); mentioned in the References of the article Observations of the Zodiacal Light from a Very High Altitude Station (D.E.Blackwell and M.F.Ingham, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1961), see page 369 in Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (William R.Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1979).- DannyCaes Apr 12, 2015

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