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Lat: 27.3°N, Long: 98.0°E, Diam: 92 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside), Lower Imbrian

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Left: Clementine, Right: SMART-1


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Although Lomonosov is a relatively old crater, the mare lavas covering its floor have a crater count age of only 1-2 billion years, the youngest age known on the farside and one of the 8 youngest lavas on the Moon. Gillis, Spudis and Bussey (1997) The geology of Smythii and Mariginis Basins using integrated remote sensing techniques. Lunar and Planetary Science XXVII #1293.


  • Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov (November 19, 1711 – April 15, 1765) was a Russian scientist, cartographer, writer and polymath who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Lomonosov was the first person to record the freezing of mercury, and to hypothesize the existence of an atmosphere on Venus based on his observation of the transit of Venus of 1761 in a small observatory near his house in Petersburg. Believing that nature is subject to regular and continuous evolution, he demonstrated the organic origin of soil, peat, coal, petroleum, and amber. In 1745 he published a catalogue of over 3,000 minerals, and in 1760 he explained the formation of icebergs.
  • Discovered in Lunik 3 imaging of farside and named in Atlas of the Far Side of the Moon and approved by the IAU in 1961 (Whitaker, p 232).
  • Montes Lomonosov (not related to crater Lomonosov) was an unofficial name for the mountainous region south-southwest of nearside crater Archimedes. According to the IAU, that region is officially known as Montes Archimedes. The name Montes Lomonosov was printed in the book The Moon by A.V.Markov. - DannyCaes May 23, 2014

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M. V. Lomonosov in the Sourcebook Project (William R. Corliss)

  • Confirmation of Outer Atmosphere Asymmetry Postulated to Explain the False Zodiacal Light (E.R.Hope, Nature, 1961), in: Mysterious Universe, a handbook of astronomical anomalies (1979), page 349.