Democritus (crater)

Democritus is a lunar impact crater that is located on the northern part of the Moon, just to the north of the Mare Frigoris. Just to the south of Democritus is the lava-flooded Gärtner crater, which forms a bay on the mare. Directly to the north is Arnold crater, another flooded formation.

The rim of Democritus is generally sharp-edged and showing little sign of erosion. It forms not quite a circle, with outward notch-like bulges that give it a slightly irregular shape. The inner walls have single or double terraces, and lead down to a relatively flat interior floor. Near the mid-point of the crater is a small central peak.

General characteristics
Latitude 62.3° N
Longitude 35.0° E
Diameter 39 km
Depth 2.0 km
Colongitude   325° at sunrise
Eponym Democritus
References See listing

Satellite craters

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater mid-point that is closest to Democritus crater.

Democritus Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 61.6° N 32.4° E 11 km
B 60.1° N 28.6° E 12 km
D 62.9° N 31.2° E 8 km
K 63.1° N 40.7° E 7 km
L 63.4° N 39.7° E 18 km
M 63.6° N 37.1° E 5 km
N 63.6° N 34.3° E 16 km

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