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


Moretus (70 miles) is a great crater that is not too far from the lunar South Pole. It is one of the deepest craters and has terraced walls that rise at least 2½ miles above the floor. There is a great central mountain mass that cast a long shadow as the sun rises on it. My attempt to determine the height of this mountain results in a height of about 1½ miles. This is close to other published results. This makes it the highest central peak I have observed. At first quarter you can easily recognize this formation. Be sure to point it out to your guests and friends.

Short (30 miles) is just south of Moretus. It is very deep crater, maybe deeper than Moretus.

Curtius (58 miles) is northeast of Moretus. The floor is flat except in the northwest where it is rough and has hills and craters.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Louisville Astronomical SocietyLouisvilleUSA

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