Aristoteles (crater)

Aristoteles is a lunar impact crater that lies near the southern edge of the Mare Frigoris, and to the east of the Montes Alpes mountain range. To the south of Aristoteles lies the slightly smaller crater Eudoxus, and these two form a distinctive pair for a telescope observer. An arc of mountains between these craters bends to the west, before joining the walls. The smaller Mitchell crater is directly attached to the eastern rim of Aristoteles. To the west is the low, flooded Egede crater.

Observers have noted the crater wall of Aristoteles is slightly distorted into a rounded hexagon shape. The inner walls are wide and finely terraced. The outer ramparts display a generally radial structure of hillocks through the extensive blanket of ejecta. The crater floor is uneven, and covered in hilly ripples. Aristoteles does possess central peaks, but they are somewhat offset to the south.

General characteristics
Latitude 50.2 ° N
Longitude 17.4 ° E
Diameter 87 km
Depth 3.3 km
Colongitude   343 ° at sunrise
Eponym Aristoteles
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 Aristoteles crater.

Aristoteles Latitude Longitude Diameter
D 47.5° N 14.7° E 6 km
M 53.5° N 27.2° E 7 km
N 52.9° N 26.8° E 5 km

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