Hypatia (crater)

lunar crater data
diameter=41 × 28 km
depth=1.4 km
eponym=Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia is a lunar crater that lies along the northwest edge of Sinus Asperitatis, a bay on the southwest edge of Mare Tranquillitatis. The nearest crater with an eponym is Alfraganus to the west-wouthwest. However, further to the south-southeast, across the lunar mare, is the prominent Theophilus crater.

This is an asymmetrical formation with a rugged, irregular outer rim that is cut through by narrow clefts in several locations. It is generally longer along an axis running to the north-northwest, with the widest outward bulge occurring on the west side at the northern end. It resembles a merger of several crater formations that have gained a common interior floor. Attached to the exterior rim along the southwest is satellite crater 'Hypatia A', a more symmetrical, bowl-shaped crater.About 70 kilometers to the north of Hypatia crater is a system of linear rilles designated Rimae Hypatia. This runs for a length of about 180 kilometers across the Mare Tranquillitatis, and generally follows a course to the south-southeast.

atellite craters

By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater mid-point that is closest to Hypatia crater.


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