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Lat: 59.1°N, Long: 34.6°E, Diam: 115 km, Depth: 0.93 km, Rükl: 6, pre-Nectarian?

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(IAU Directions) GARTNER.--A very large walled-plain with a low incomplete border on the W., but defined on the E. by a lofty wall. Schmidt shows a curved crater- row on the E. side of the floor.

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Additional Information

  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 0.93 km
    • Cherrington, 1969: 1.31 km
  • The curious rugbyball-shaped depression Gartner M in Mare Frigoris (south-southeast of Gartner) is a good target for observers with common and powerful telescopes. See also LAC 13 in the Clementine Atlas.- DannyCaes Jan 24, 2009



Left: LROC view WAC M119599218ME of Gärtner M (unofficial image, manually stacked by - JohnMoore2 Aug 23, 2010 )
Right: Annotated, Clementine image of Gärtner M as viewed by an observer on Earth.


  • Officially named for Christian Gärtner (c. 1750-1813), a German mineralogist and geologist.
  • The name "Christian. Gaertner" was introduced by Johann Schröter in Plate T LXII of Volume 2 of his Selenotopographische fragmente with an explanation in the text on page 214.
  • The designation was accepted by later selenographers with Gärtner becoming catalog entry 669 in Mary Blagg's Collated List and the IAU's Named Lunar Formations.
  • The identification of Schröter's honoree as being the mineralogist Christian Gärtner (c. 1750-1813) was made by the authors of the BAA's Who's Who in the Moon, based on Schröter's comment in his text "that the region is of special interest to geologists because of resemblance to terrestrial regions."
  • The Wikipedia identifies the honoree as the German amateur astronomer Christian Gärtner (1705 – 1782), who with Johann Palitzsch (another name introduced by Schröter) observed the return of Halley's Comet in 1758.
  • Astronomical historian Wolfgang Dick has also noted this discrepancy and believes the identification with Christian Gärtner (1705 – 1782) is more likely.
  • The incomplete formation northwest of Gärtner (between Gärtner and Kane) was once called Danjon by Lamèch. The official IAU name Danjon went to a crater on the moon's farside. References: Named Lunar Formations (p. 26) and Whitaker (page 228, Appendix P).

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