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Lat: 11.58°S, Long: 14.18°W, Diam: 60.75 km, Depth: 0.74 km, Rükl: 43

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Wes Higgins North is to the upper right (at about 45 degrees) in Wes’ image. Many of the smaller craters are regarded as satellite features, named after Guericke. Exceptions include the 13-km circular crater at the top of the frame (now known as Tolansky), the 10-km circular crater at the lower right (now known as Kundt), the final 26-km diameter walled enclosure at the extreme upper right (Parry M), the 4-km circular crater touching the top margin on the left (Bonpland C), and the 5-km circular crater in the lower left (Opelt K).


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  • Apollo 16's orbital panoramic ITEK camera frame AS16-P-5408 shows a close up of the curious elongated depression between Guericke and Kundt (immediately east of Guericke's eastern rim), nicknamed Mister Peanut by Wes Higgins. This is an interesting telescopic target for all dedicated observers of the moon.
    • Research: Danny Caes


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(IAU Directions) GUERIKE.--The most southerly member of a remarkable group of partially destroyed walled-plains, standing in an isolated position in the Mare Nubium. Its border, on the E. and N. especially, is much broken, and never rises much more than 2,000 feet above the Mare, except at one place on the N., where there is a mountain about 1,000 feet higher. The W. wall is tolerably continuous, but is of a very abnormal shape. On the S. there is a peculiar LAMBDA-shaped gap (with a bright crater, and another less prominent on the W. side of it), the narrowest part of which opens into a long wide winding valley, bounded by low hills, extending to the E. side of a bright ring-plain, Guerike B, on the S.W. A crater-chain occupies the centre of this valley. There is much detail within Guerike. A large deep bright crater stands under the W. border on a mound, which, gradually narrowing in width, extends to the N. wall; and a rill-like valley runs from the N. border towards the W. side of the LAMBDA-shaped gap. In addition to these features, there is a shallow rimmed crater, about midway between the extremities of the rill-valley, and several minor elevations on the floor.

On the broken N. flank of Guerike is a number of incomplete little rings, all open to the N.; and W. of these commences a linear group of lofty isolated mountain masses extending towards the E. side of Parry, and prolonged for 30 miles or more towards the north. They are arranged in parallel rows, and remind one of a Druidical avenue of gigantic monoliths viewed from above. They terminate on the S. side of a large bright incomplete ring (with a lofty E. wall), connected with the E. side of Parry.



Additional Information

Hundreds, or thousands, of boulder tracks

  • There are hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of boulder tracks on the inner slopes of satellite crater Guericke D (which is a bowl-shaped crater located on the floor of Guericke itself).- DannyCaes Jun 10, 2012 (detected via the LRO's Act-React Quick Map).
  • Boulder tracks are everywhere on the inner slopes of many (or perhaps everyone) of the larger bowl-shaped craters. Explore the extreme Hi-Res close ups of the LROC's online Act-React Quick Map and you will see the lunar surface's most "shaken" aspect! - DannyCaes Jul 30, 2015


  • Named for Otto von Guericke (November 20, 1602 – May 11, 1686), a German scientist, inventor, physicist, engineer, naturalist and politician. His major scientific achievement was the establishment of the physics of vacuums.
    • von Guericke included a lunar map in a book published in 1672.
  • According to Whitaker (p. 219), this name was introduced by Mädler, but with the spelling Guerike.
  • The curious elongated depression between Guericke and Kundt (immediately east of Guericke's eastern rim) is nicknamed Mister Peanut by Wes Higgins.
  • Eight (a nickname from Danny Caes for the curious 8-shaped formation northeast of Guericke) (Guericke J and Guericke S).
  • Several hills and hillocks around Guericke received Greek letter designations. North of Guericke there's an oblong hill known as Guericke Kappa. West of Guericke Kappa there's a hill known as Guericke Lambda. East of Guericke and Kundt (Guericke C) there's a hill known as Guericke Xi. South-southeast of Guericke there's a hillock known as Guericke Chi. And southwest of Guericke there's a hillock known as Guericke Mu (see Chart 68 in the Times Atlas of the Moon).

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