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(formerly Picard H)

Lat: 9.33°N, Long: 56.78°E, Diam: 24.82 km, Depth: 4.04 km, Rükl: 38

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LO-IV-191H Shapley is in the center.


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- Shapley is the most eye-catching formation in Apollo 17's panoramic ITEK-camera frames AS17-P-2666 and AS17-P-2671. On this couple of ITEK-frames one doesn't have to scroll rightward to see Shapley's circular shape and dark floor.
- Additional research: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 62A3) LAC map Geologic map LM map LTO map




Additional Information

  • IAU page: Shapley
  • Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
    • Westfall, 2000: 4.04 km
  • The shadows from the west rim indicate height differences of 2200-2500 m. - Jim Mosher


  • Named for Harlow Shapley (November 2, 1885 - October 20, 1972), an American astronomer. He participated in the "Great Debate" with Heber D. Curtis on the nature of nebulas and galaxies and the size of the universe. He was hired to replace the recently deceased Edward Charles Pickering as director of the Harvard College Observatory. He is considered "The Modern Copernicus."
  • Shapley was not part of the original IAU nomenclature of Named Lunar Formations but it appears in the cumulative list of lunar names published in IAU Transactions XVB (1973). Exactly when and how it was added is unclear, nor is the honoree designated, but biographical information was unofficially reported in Ashbrook, 1974.
  • The name Shapley next appears, as a replacement for Picard H, on LTO-62A3 (March 1974), for which it serves as the title. - Jim Mosher

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