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Lat: 20.9°N, Long: 36.9°W, Diam: 14 km, Depth: 2.84 km, Rükl: 19, Eratosthenian

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Brayley is easy to recognize because of the elongated hillock just to the east of the crater itself. The rilles in the upper left of the frame above are part of Rima Brayley.


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Brayley G
- Brayley Alpha, the hillock east-northeast of Brayley itself, at 21°30' North/ 35°30' West, was captured shortly after local sunrise on Apollo 17's orbital panoramic ITEK-camera frames AS17-P-3123 and 3124.
- Additional research orbital Apollo 17 photography: Danny Caes


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(IAU Directions) BRAYLEY.--A very conspicuous little ring-plain W.S.W. of Euler, with two smaller but equally brilliant objects of the same class situated respectively W. and E. of it.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Pike, 1976: 2.84 km
    • Arthur, 1974: 2.84 km
    • Westfall, 2000: 2.84 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 2.84 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 2.31 km
  • From the shadows in [1]], Brayley is about 2900 m deep. The west rim casts a shadow onto the mare indicating it is up to about 570 m tall. - Jim Mosher
  • Brayley and C and B are thermal anomaly craters, implying youthful ages - Moore et al, 1980
  • Brayley G, the curious "swimming pool"-like depression at 24° North/ 36°30' West (north of Brayley itself), is described in APOLLO OVER THE MOON; A VIEW FROM ORBIT, Chapter 7: Unusual Features (part 1), Figure 228 (AS17-P-3125). Brayley G was also photographed on Hasselblad film, during the mission of Apollo 15: AS15-95-12934. See also Apollo 15's southward looking ITEK-camera frames AS15-P-10296 and 10301. Research Apollo 15 photography: Danny Caes. ASU Apollo Image Archive Another example of lunar swimming pools is Marius R, see:
  • Brayley itself is Included in ALPO list of bright ray craters


  • Named for Edward William Brayley (1801 – February 1, 1870), an English geographer, librarian, and science author. He was a fellow of the Royal Society.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 221), this name was introduced by Birt and Lee.
  • Greek lettered hills and hillocks in the neighborhood of Brayley: Brayley Alpha (east-northeast of Brayley), Brayley Pi (between Brayley G and Euler E), Brayley Sigma (west of Brayley S). See SLC-E3 (System of Lunar Craters).

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