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Boscovich, with Rimae Boscovich on its floor

Lat: 9.8°N, Long: 11.1°E, Diam: 46 km, Depth: 1.76 km, Rükl: 34

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Left: LROC image WAC No. M116248983ME. Calibrated by LROC_WAC_Previewer.
Right: IV-097-H2


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(IAU Directions) BOSCOVICH.--This is not a very striking telescopic object under any phase, on account of its broken, irregular, and generally ill-defined border. It is, however, remarkable as being one of the darkest spots on the visible surface: in this respect a fit companion to Julius Caesar, its neighbour on the E. Schmidt shows some ridges within it.

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  • Named for Roger Joseph (Ruggero Giuseppe) Boscovich (May 18, 1711 – February 13, 1787), a physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, and Jesuit from Ragusa (then an independent state, today Dubrovnik in Croatia) who later lived in England, France and Italy. Noted for his speculations regarding the lunar atmosphere (or lack thereof).

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A Russian Masterpiece (Boscovich with Rimae Boscovich on its floor, near the upper margin of the frame).


Drawing and text by Alika Herring. S&T January 1961, p. 39.