craterlet


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craterlet

[′krād·ər·lət]
(astronomy)
A very small lunar crater, with diameter less than about 5 miles (8 kilometers), that still has raised walls.
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Use a higher power to try to find the tiny craterlets also on Plato's floor.
A number of craterlets are visible on its floor at high magnifications.
"Landslides swept down the steeper bluffs and hillsides; considerable areas were uplifted, and still larger areas sunk and became covered with water emerging from below though fissures or little 'craterlets' or accumulating from the obstruction of the surface drainage."
This high-resolution photo of the lunar crater Archimedes reveals dozens of craterlets scattered across its lava-flooded floor.
Barker, 'Goldschmidt and Mare Crisium Craterlets', J.
Even on the great big Moon, the details you want to record--little craterlets, clefts, mountain crags, everything that gives the landscape texture and realism--are right at the limits of what Earthbound equipment can resolve.
What did astound the team were splashes of white seen in and around a handful of these craterlets.
His interest piqued as a child, he used a newly acquired 3-inch Broadhurst Clarkson refractor to observe the Moon and published his first scientific paper, "Small Craterlets in the Mare Crisium," at age 13, in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association.
'Barker's Quadrangle', after Robert Barker, is a trapezium-shaped arrangement of tiny craterlets and ridges on the southern floor of the Mare Crisium.
Named after the 2nd-century Alexandrian astronomer who advocated the Earth-centered view of the solar system, Ptolemaeus lacks central peaks and terraces, and its smooth, flat floor is battered by numerous craterlets and pits.
Over time, excited claims of alterations in features such as Linne, Hyginus N, and the small craterlets in Plato became doubtful, perhaps because no unambiguous change was ever documented.