De Sitter

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De Sitter

(current IAU name; formerly Euctemon J)

Lat: 80.1°N, Long: 39.6°E, Diam: 64 km, Depth: 3.68 km, Rükl: 5, Nectarian

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De Sitter

Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Cherrington, 1969: 3.68 km
  • Central peak height
    • Sekiguchi, 1972: 0.4 km "A long dyke runs through the floor in north-south direction, on whose central part, stands a central peak." - fatastronomer


  • Named for Willem de Sitter (May 6, 1872 – November 20, 1934), a Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer. He made major contributions to the field of physical cosmology.
  • The name Euctemon J was inserted into the original IAU nomenclature of Named Lunar Formations as Catalog Number 999c, where it is noted that Franz called the feature Euctemon i.
  • The replacement name De Sitter was proposed by Arthur and Whitaker in the Rectified Lunar Atlas (1963) and approved by IAU in 1964.

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De Sitter in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

- In Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979) :
  • Page 612: Was there really a Big Bang? (G.Burbidge, Nature, 1971).
  • Page 670: Aether Drift Detected At Last (Michael Rowan-Robinson, Nature, 1977).