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Lat: 67.1°S, Long: 45.3°W, Diam: 72 km, Depth: 4.4 km, [/R%C3%BCkl%2071 Rükl: 71]

Table of Contents

[#Kircher Kircher]
[#Kircher-Images Images]
[#Kircher-Maps Maps]
[#Kircher-Description Description]
[#Kircher-Description: Elger Description: Elger]
[#Kircher-Description: Wikipedia Description: Wikipedia]
[#Kircher-Additional Information Additional Information]
[#Kircher-Nomenclature Nomenclature]
[#Kircher-LPOD Articles LPOD Articles]
[#Kircher-Bibliography Bibliography]
external image normal_Kircher_LO-IV-154H_LTVT.JPGLO IV-154-H2 The 29-km crater touching Kircher's rim in the upper right is Kircher A. On the left, 39-km Kircher D is the lower part of the deeply shadowed peanut-like structure. In the lower right, 69-km [/Wilson Wilson] touches Kircher's rim at the 5 o'clock position.


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images USGS Nomenclature map (PDF)


([/LAC%20zone LAC zone] 136B2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Elger

([/IAU%20Directions IAU Directions]) KIRCHER.--A ring-plain, about 45 miles in diameter, S. of [/Bettinus Bettinus], remarkable also for its very lofty rampart, which on the S. attains the tremendous height of nearly 18,000 feet above the floor, which appears to be devoid of detail.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

  • Depth data from [/Kurt%20Fisher%20crater%20depths Kurt Fisher database]
    • Westfall, 2000: 4.4 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 3.3 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 4.69 km
  • Satellite crater Kircher A is on the [/ALPO%20list%20of%20banded%20craters ALPO list of banded craters]


  • Named for Athanasius Kircher (May 2, 1602 - November 27, 1680), a German Jesuit scholar who published around 40 works, most notably in the fields of oriental studies, geology and medicine. One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscope, he was thus ahead of his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism and in suggesting effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Kircher has been compared to Leonardo da Vinci for his inventiveness and the breadth and depth of his work. A scientific star in his day, towards the end of his life he was eclipsed by the rationalism of René Descartes and others. In the late 20th century, however, the aesthetic qualities of his work again began to be appreciated. One scholar, Edward W. Schmidt, has called him "the last Renaissance man".
  • According to [/Whitaker Whitaker] (p. 211), this was one of the original names from [/Riccioli Riccioli]'s map, where it was listed as Kircher Soc. I (the "Soc. I" standing for "Society of Jesus" -- see the list of [/Nomenclature-Jesuits Jesuit astronomers]).

LPOD Articles

Four in a Row Western Triplet


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