Ball (crater)

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Ball crater 4112 h3.jpg
Coordinates35°54′S 8°24′W / 35.9°S 8.4°W / -35.9; -8.4Coordinates: 35°54′S 8°24′W / 35.9°S 8.4°W / -35.9; -8.4
Diameter41 km
Depth2.8 km
Colongitude9° at sunrise
EponymWilliam Ball

Ball is a lunar impact crater that is located in the rugged southern highlands of the Moon. It was named after British astronomer William Ball.[1] The formation is circular and symmetrical, and has received little significant wear. The interior is rough-surfaced, curving downward toward the relatively wide central peak at the midpoint.

The crater is located on the rim of the much larger Deslandres, to the west of the crater Lexell, and southeast of Gauricus. To the south is Sasserides, and further to the south-southwest is the prominent ray crater Tycho.

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Ball.

Ball Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 34.7° S 9.3° W 29 km
B 36.9° S 9.1° W 10 km
C 37.7° S 8.7° W 31 km
D 35.6° S 10.3° W 21 km
E 36.5° S 8.1° W 5 km
F 36.9° S 8.5° W 12 km
G 37.7° S 10.1° W 28 km


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