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Lat: 30.1 S, Long: 31.6 W, Diameter: 15 km, Depth: 2.78 km, Rukl: 63

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Left: LO4-137-h1, Right: Clementine


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This is a bright simple crater that cuts into the rough rim of the Humorum Basin. The Clementine image shows a small enlargement of the SW rim due to a landslip of wall material to the floor. There is a small central peak, and apparently a later impact crater on the NE inner wall and another smaller one on the E rim, both revealed as bright dots.
Chuck Wood - tychocrater Jun 17, 2007

The following additional impressions are based on examination of a stereo image produced by combining LO-IV-136-H with LO-IV-137-H: Dunthorne appears to have formed atop an elevated landmass which sits astride a complicated series of steps and valleys descending from the higher level of Palus Epidemiarum on the south to the lower level of Mare Humorum on the north. The SW rim, where Chuck notes the landslip, butts up against what is presumably a pre-existing peak (visible in the LO4-137-h1 image reproduced above). It rises about 2000 m above the areas farther to the west (some 2-3 times the height of the crater rim). Diametrically opposite this (in the NE) there is a distinct low spot in the rim. In general, the south rim is distinctly higher than the north one (note the greater red fringing in the stereo image), but it too seems to have a low spot at about 5 o'clock. To the immediate east and west of Dunthorne, there are rough-bottomed valleys, winding from one level to the next, especially clear on the east. The area with the small shadowed crater to the north is a relatively flat-topped mesa. - JimMosher

Description: Elger

This crater seems to have been known as Ramsden A in Elger's day (see Neison Plate 14). The name Dunthorne appears as Collated List No. 2562 in Blagg and Muller's Named Lunar Features (1935).

Additional Information

  • Depth information from Kurt Fisher compilation:
    • Arthur (1974): 2.78 km
    • Viscardy (1985): 2.78 km
    • Westfall (2000): 2.78 km
  • Selenodetic coordinates (Dunthorne is control point #762 in the 1994 and 2005 ULCN)
  • Lunar Orbiter-IV measurements (LTVT):
    • Depth (east rim-crest to floor):
    • 2.62 km (LO-IV-079-H)
    • 2.67 km (LO-IV-131-H)
    • 2.91 km (LO-IV-136-H)
    • 2.82 km (LO-IV-137-H)
  • Rim height (above surroundings): to 800 m on west per LO-IV-131-H
  • Best-fit diameter at rim-crest: 15.5 km (LO-IV-131-H)
  • Note: the first two Lunar Orbiter depths are based on shadows from the east rim that extend beyond the center of the floor. Assuming a bowl shape, the depth at the center would be expected to be greater than the measurement. The second two results should be closer. The shadows in Consolidated Lunar Atlas photos with lighting from the east and west suggest the east rim is higher above the floor than the west rim. In those photos, the east as well as the west rim casts shadows outside the crater, indicating they both rise significantly above their surroundings (something confirmed by the stereo image).
  • measured by - JimMosher


Richard Dunthorne (1711--March 3, 1775) was a British amateur astronomer. Dunthorne studied the phenomenon of the speed of the Moon's orbit, published papers in the Philosophical Transactions, including On the motion of the Moon (1747), On the acceleration of the Moon (1749), and the letter Concerning comets in 1751. He also published a book of astronomical tables in 1739.

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