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.
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.
24) In private correspondence with the author, Phil Morgan has suggested that the bows of shade may have been down to Wilkins' having been deceived by lighting effects within the small craterlets on either side of the tip of Olivium, shown in Figure 8.
For example, if you're trying to detect the smallest observable craterlets on the floor of Plato, you can compare your best image or sketch with the LRO mosaic in Quick Map.
The bright floor has very few craterlets, its details remain sharp, and its minerals show none of the usual space weathering by micrometeorite impacts, cosmic rays, and solar radiation.