Shternberg (Sternberg)

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Shternberg (Sternberg)

Lat: 19.23°N, Long: 116.84°W, Diam: 69.49 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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Left: LROC mosaic image of WAC No's. M118254864ME and M118261659ME. Calibrated by LROC_WAC_Previewer.
Right: Clementine


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(LAC zone 53C4) USGS Digital Atlas PDF



Shternberg (Sternberg)

Additional Information


  • Named for Pavel Karlovich Shternberg (1865-1920), a Russian astronomer. Shternberg was a prominent revolutionary, and Director of the Moscow Observatory at the time of the Bolshevik revolution. His main area of research involved gravimetry (in particular, studying motion of the Earth's poles), and photographic astrometry, where he was the first to use photography as a means for measuring binary stars.
    Photo of Pavel Karlovich Shternberg. Credit Sternberg Astronomical Institute.
  • Sternberg was among the long list of farside names approved by the IAU in 1970 and published in Menzel, 1971.
  • The Sternberg Institute, an important center of lunar research affliated with the Observatory and with Moscow State University, is also named after Shternberg.

Lettered craters

Left: LAC 53 Excerpt from the USGS Digital Atlas of the Moon.
Right: LROC WAC view (No. M118241289ME) of the lettered crater Shternberg C (click image for larger view).

LPOD Articles


Kulikovskii, P. G. (1965). Pavel Karlovich Shternberg, 1865–1920. Moscow, 1965.
Perel’, Iu. G. (1951). Vydaiushchiesia Russkie Astronomy. Moscow-Leningrad, pp 141–175, 1951.

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