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Lat: 33.7°N, Long: 24.1°W, Diam: 10 km, Depth: 2.2 km, Rükl: 10

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(IAU Directions) CARLINI.--A small but prominent and deep little crater about 5 miles in diameter on the Mare Imbrium about midway between Lambert and the Sinus Iridum. There are many faint light streaks in the vicinity, one of which extends from Carlini to Bianchini, on the edge of the Sinus,--a distance of 300 miles. Schmidt shows a central peak.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    Arthur, 1974: 2.2 km
    Westfall, 2000: 2.2 km
    Viscardy, 1985: 2.2 km
    Cherrington, 1969: 1.67 km
  • Carlini B (McDonald) is a thermal anomaly crater, implying youthful age - Moore et al, 1980
  • Carlini and its satellite craters E, G and H are on ALPO list of bright ray craters
  • Carlini itself seems to show a curious shadow anomaly during and after local sunrise, as it was observed by Fauth on april the 3th, 1906. Fauth's observation is described in A.J.M.Wanders's book Op Ontdekking in het Maanland, pages 241, 242 (Het Spectrum, 1949).- DannyCaes May 13, 2012
  • In this neighbourhood (of Carlini) Williams and two others observed for one and a half hour, 1865, November 24th, on the dark side, a distinct bright speck like an 8 Magnitude star with 4 1/16 Inch aperture. Source: T.W.Webb's Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes, Volume 1 (The Solar System), Page 125.- DannyCaes May 20, 2012

The Ring west of Carlini L

  • There's a curious ring several kilometers west of Carlini L (between the northern part of Dorsum Zirkel and Carlini L). The pinpoint coordinates of this ring (according to the LRO's ACT-REACT Quick Map) are: LATITUDE 31.38, LONGITUDE -25.79. This ring was also captured on several orbital frames made by Apollo 15's panoramic ITEK-camera, such as AS15-P-10275 (scroll all the way toward the frame's right margin).- DannyCaes Aug 25, 2012
  • See also LROC article number 671.
  • Is this ring west of Carlini L the same kind of formation as crater Finsch in Mare Serenitatis? (slightly bowl-shaped shallow ring craters). See also the shallow crater west of Laplace F in Mare Imbrium- DannyCaes Oct 27, 2015


  • Francesco Carlini (January 7, 1783-August 29, 1862) was an Italian astronomer. Together with Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana, he participated in a geodetic project for Austria and Italy, during which he also attempted to determine the weight of the earth.
  • Carlini B (McDonald) was called Porthouse, and Carlini D was called De Bergerac by Wilkins and Moore, but the IAU did not accept either name.
    • William Porthouse was an English amateur astronomer.
    • Cyrano De Bergerac was a French writer (1620-1655). A farside crater was named for him in 1970.

LROC Articles

Flow Boundary (near both Carlini K and Carlini L, and Dorsum Zirkel).
Lunar Kipuka (the shallow "ghost"-like or ring-like crater west of Carlini L).


Carlini B ("Porthouse") and Carlini D ("De Bergerac"): Wilkins and Moore.