Apennine Mountains

  • Don SpainEmail author
Part of the Astronomer's Pocket Field Guide book series (ASTROPOC)


Montes Apenninus, the Apennine Mountains are the largest and longest of the lunar mountains. The southern section is imaged on the photo. The peaks rise rapidly on the west from the Sea of Rains and slowly taper off to foothills toward the east. A must sight for you and your guest under a rising sun.

Mons Wolff, Wolff Mountain, Mons Ampere, Ampere Mountain and Mons Huygens, Huygens Mountain are three great peaks in the Apennines. Wolff juts up just over 2 miles above the plain below. Ampere is the smallest of the three peaks, rising to about 1¾ miles. Huygens is the great mountain mass north of Ampere. It towers over 3 miles above the Sea of Raines.

Eratosthenes (35 miles) is a lovely crater at the southern end of the Apennines Mountains. Its rim is 2 miles above the floor and the walls are terraced. It has a great central mountain massif with three distinct peaks. Observe and show it off to your guests 1 day after first quarter.


Distinct Peak Southern Section Great Peak Mountain Mass Central Mountain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Louisville Astronomical SocietyLouisvilleUSA

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