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Lat: 67.5°N, Long: 4.6°W, Diam: 55 km, Depth: 3.21 km, Rükl: 4, Nectarian

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LOIV-116-H2 Epigenes is at center. The 18 km round crater to its right is Epigenes A, a prominent bright rayed feature at Full Moon.


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(IAU Directions) EPIGENES.--A remarkable ring-plain, about 26 miles in diameter, abutting on a mountain ridge running parallel to the W. flank of W.C. Bond. It is a notable object under a low morning sun. There are several elevations on the floor.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 3.21 km
    • Viscardy, 1985: 2 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 0.79 km
  • Central peak height
  • Epigenes A, the bowl-shaped high-albedo crater immediately east of Epigenes itself, is a good guide to know the northern location of the 0° meridian of longitude as seen during Full Moon. Depending on librations, the Moon's North Pole will be a little to the right or left of the shortest line connecting Epigenes A to the limb. - DannyCaes Sep 19, 2010


  • Named for Epigenes of Byzantium (unknown-circa 200 BC), a Greek astrologer. He seems to have been strong supporter of astrology, which, though derided by many Greek intellectuals, had been accepted and adopted by many Greeks from the seventh century BC through commercial contact with the Chaldeans of Babylonia.

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