Lunar features named for selenographers
Selenography is the study of the surface and physical features of the Moon. Historically, the principal concern of selenographists was the mapping and naming of the lunar maria, craters, mountain ranges, and other various features. This task was largely finished when high resolution images of the near and far sides of the Moon were obtained by orbiting spacecraft during the early space era. Nevertheless, some regions of the Moon remain poorly imaged (especially near the poles) and the exact locations of many features are uncertain by several kilometers. Today, selenography is considered to be a subdiscipline of selenology, which itself is most often referred to as just "lunar science." The word selenography is derived from the Greek lunar deity Selene and -ography (to write).
This list includes both official and unofficial names - the latter are linked to the official feature. Please add ones we have left out!
Spring 2015, this list is far from complete, and needs a new investigation and lots of additional info! - DannyCaes May 9, 2015
Abineri, near Strabo (Strabo A)
Barker, near Sasserides (Sasserides A)
Bartlett, near Madler's Square
Baum, near Hedin (Hedin E or F)
Bolton (Scriven Bolton) (probably somewhere near the western limb regions, exact location needs to be investigated)
Burrell, near Hansteen (possible swirl formation near Hansteen)
Clarkson, near Gassendi (Gassendi A)
Emley, near Capuanus (Capuanus E)
Gant, see Bancroft (Archimedes A)
Green (Samuel Morris Green) (probably somewhere near the western limb regions, exact location needs to be investigated)
Haas, near Mons Pico (Pico E)
Hallowes, near Zeno
Hauet, near Wurzelbauer (Wurzelbauer D)
Hill, near Lockyer (Lockyer H)
Lenham, near Kies (Kies A)
L.F.Ball, near Endymion (Endymion B)
Lower (Hansen B)
MacDonald, see McDonald
Moore, near Agatharchides (Agatharchides A)
O'Neill, near O'Neill's Bridge
Paluzie, near Riemann or east of Messala (exact location needs to be investigated)
Pierot, near Darney (Darney C)
Schlumberger, near Hortensius (Schlumberger domes), and Lansberg (Lansberg D)
Schröter (see also Schröter's Valley)
Thornton, near Desargues
W.H.Pickering, see Messier A
About selenographers, see:
- Mapping and Naming the Moon, a history of lunar cartography and nomenclature (Ewen A. Whitaker, Cambridge 1999).
- Epic Moon, a history of lunar exploration in the age of the telescope (William P. Sheehan and Thomas A. Dobbins, Willmann-Bell 2001).