Buys-Ballot, immediately north-northwest of Lacus Luxuriae
|Lat: 20.81°N, Long: 174.71°E, Diam: 66.38 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)|
Left: LROC view (Buys-Ballot is the odd-looking crater at bottom in image, while the top crater is Buys-Ballot Z).
Right: Clementine UV-VIS Multispectral Mosaic: Mercator projection dynamically created by USGS lunar Web Map Service. Click here for a USGS-generated list of all IAU-named features with centers in the current field.
The dark presence south-southeast of Buys-Ballot is Lacus Luxuriae.
- Named for Christoph Hendrik Diederik Buys-Ballot (1817-1890), a Dutch meteorologist.
- Buys-Ballot was in the long list of farside names approved by the IAU in 1970 and published in Menzel, 1971.
- Buys-Ballot's location is immediately north of one of the few officially named lakes on the moon's far side: Lacus Luxuriae. The other two officially named farside lakes are Lacus Oblivionis and Lacus Solitudinis.
- Morota, T. et al (2011). Timing and Duration of Mare Volcanism in the Central Region of the Northern Farside of the Moon - Earth Planets Space, 63, 5–13, 2011
- Schultz, P. H. et al (1998). The Possible Generation of Friction Melts at the Lunar Crater, Buys-Ballot – 29th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1998.