Rükl 48

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Rükl Zone 48 - MESSIER

Neighboring maps on the Rükl Nearside Map:










Photographic Map

(This map is based on an Earth-based photograph that has been computer-corrected to zero libration. The vertical white lines indicate the left and right boundaries of the Rükl rectangle)
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Named Features

  • Al-Marrakushi
  • Amontons (was there really a scientific reason to give such an insignificant little craterlet an official IAU name?).
  • Bellot
  • Catena Lubbock H (an unofficial name from D.Caes for an odd rille-shaped chain of depressions slightly north of Lubbock H, see also AS11-42-6309).
  • Central Mare Fecunditatis Pit (an unofficial name for a small skylight immediately east of the bowl-shaped crater Messier B, see LROC Article Mare Pit Topography!).
  • Chang'e 1 (impacted on March 1, 2009, according to Wikipedia's mentioned coordinates at or near Dorsa Geikie near the upper right corner of Chart 48).
  • Cometicus (F.v.P.Gruithuisen's disallowed name for the "comet tail" west of the pair Messier / Messier A) (see pages 112-113 in E.A.Whitaker's Mapping and Naming the Moon).
  • Crozier
  • Dorsa Geikie
  • Dorsa Mawson
  • Farman (an unofficial name from D.Caes for one of the small craters near Lindbergh, see Additional Information below).
  • Gemini Ridge (an informal NASA related name for the wrinkle ridge northwest of the bowl-shaped crater Messier B) (see also Chart 37).
  • Goclenius
  • Goclenius Delta (the hill southeast of Amontons, west-northwest of Ibn Battuta).
  • The hill northeast of Goclenius seems to have been called Epsilon (Goclenius Epsilon).
  • Gutenberg
  • Ibn Battuta
  • Kinet (an unofficial name from D.Caes for one of the small craters near Lindbergh, see Additional Information below).
  • Lindbergh
  • Lost Crater (an informal NASA related name for the bowl-shaped craterlet Secchi X).
  • Lubbock
  • Lubbock N (Van Langren's Neperi, Riccioli's Alcuinus).
  • Lubbock Rille (C.A.Wood's unofficial name for the previously unnamed rille near Lubbock H, see also LPOD Rilles and Basins).
  • Magelhaens
  • Magelhaens Alpha (hill southwest of Magelhaens).
  • Magelhaens Beta (hill east of Magelhaens). For Magelhaens Alpha and Beta, see page 83 of Tony Dethier's Maanmonografieen.
  • Mare Fecunditatis (Van Langren's Mare Langrenianum, J.Hewelcke's Mare Caspium).
  • Messier
  • Messier A (formerly known as W.Pickering or W.H.Pickering).
  • Montes Pyrenaeus (south of Gutenberg) (J.Hewelcke's Montes Caucasus).
  • Prom. Cassiodori (Van Langren's disallowed name for the region at, or south of, Lubbock).
  • Rima Messier
  • Rimae Goclenius
  • Smokey Valley (an informal NASA related name for a short valley near the upper left corner of Chart 48).
  • Vernet (a disallowed name from H.P.Wilkins for Gutenberg G, north-northwest of Gutenberg itself).

Lettered Crater Locations

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Full zone with lettered craters

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Lettered craters by quadrants

(the dashed white lines are the centerlines of the Rükl zones)
North West
North East

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South West
South East

Additional Information

Ghost craters abound in Mare Fecunditatis

  • To explorers and observers of so-called "lunar ghost craters", this part of Mare Fecunditatis (Map 48) is probably the most interesting region to look for them. Antonin Rukl's original map shows an abundance of unnamed (and also of officially lettered) "ghost craters".- DannyCaes Nov 20, 2008

Farman and Kinet near Lindbergh (group of aviators)