Promontorium Agarum

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Promontorium Agarum

Lat: 13.97°N, Long: 65.86°E, Diam: 62.46 km, Depth: 3.65 km, Rükl: 38

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Consolidated Lunar Atlas plate D2 The labeled features in this rectified version of the Consolidated Lunar Atlas plate are Condorcet, Promontorium Agarum, Alhazen and Hansen. Also visible, but not labeled, are Dorsa Harker (to the west of Pr. Agarum); Mons Usov; Auzout, van Albada and Krogh; the northeast part of Firmicus (in the lower left corner), and the northern part of Mare Undarum (along most of the lower margin).


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images
- Promontorium Agarum was captured near the central part of the left margin of Apollo 17's oblique north-looking Fairchild camera frame AS17-M-0914.
- Strange wavy shapes on Promontorium Agarum's western slopes were captured on Apollo 17's orbital ITEK-panoramic frame AS17-P-2220. An even more bizarre look at Promontorium Agarum's western slopes is seen in the much darker ITEK-frame AS17-P-2215.
- Research: Danny Caes


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(IAU Directions) CAPE AGARUM.--The N. end of a projecting headland on the S.E. side of the Mare Crisium, in N. lat. 14 deg., E. long. 66 deg., rising nearly 11,000 feet above the Mare.


Promontorium Agarum

Additional Information


  • Named after a cape in the Sea of Azov .
  • According to Whitaker (p. 209), of the many names introduced by Hevelius, this is one of just ten that have survived into modern usage; and one of only four still used at the original location.
  • This feature is Catalog number 39 in Mary Blagg's Collated List, where Neison, 1876 is noted as using the name Cape Agarum even though Beer and Mädler and Julius Schmidt used Prom. Agarum. Blagg also noticed a footnote to Schmidt's Jan. 31, 1854 observation of the feature in which he notes "It is still often called by name: "Cap Cyrillus".
  • This feature entered the original IAU nomenclature of Named Lunar Formations as Prom. Agarum.
  • In the southeastern part of Mare Crisium, near Promontorium Agarum, is a formation which was once informally known as Barker's quadrangle.
  • You need a powerful magnifying glass to detect the name Prom. Agarum on Chart 48 in the Times Atlas of the Moon (it looks as if the creators of this atlas were not certain if it really was Prom. Agarum). - DannyCaes Nov 8, 2015

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