Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Craterlet

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_87

Definition

A small (arbitrary size <2 km) crater.

Synonyms

Prominent Examples

Craterlets on the floor of the crater Plato (Fig. 1) are among the favorite targets for amateur astronomers testing the resolving power of their telescopes (Knisely 2005).
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.British Astronomical Association/Society for Popular Astronomy, St AustellCornwallUK