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Carlini (crater)

Coordinates: 33°42′N 24°06′W / 33.7°N 24.1°W / 33.7; -24.1
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Coordinates33°42′N 24°06′W / 33.7°N 24.1°W / 33.7; -24.1
Diameter11 km
Depth2 km
Colongitude24° at sunrise
EponymFrancesco Carlini
Oblique view from Apollo 15

Carlini is a small lunar impact crater located in the Mare Imbrium. It was named after Italian astronomer Francesco Carlini.[1] The crater is bowl-shaped with a small central floor. It has a higher albedo than the surrounding mare, making it prominent due to its isolated location. To the south is a wrinkle ridge named Dorsum Zirkel, and farther south lies the peak Mons La Hire.

Satellite craters[edit]

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint that is closest to Carlini.

Carlini Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 35.4° N 26.6° W 7 km
C 35.0° N 22.9° W 4 km
D 33.0° N 16.0° W 9 km
E 31.6° N 20.5° W 1 km
G 32.6° N 25.0° W 4 km
H 32.4° N 24.4° W 4 km
K 31.1° N 23.7° W 4 km
L 31.3° N 24.8° W 3 km
S 37.9° N 27.2° W 4 km

The following craters have been renamed by the IAU.


  1. ^ "Carlini (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.