Peirce (crater)

Peirce (crater)

lunar crater data

caption=Peirce (center) from Apollo 17. "NASA photo".
diameter=18 km
depth=1.8 km
eponym=Benjamin Peirce

Peirce is a small lunar crater that lies in the western part of Mare Crisium. That dark, circular lunar mare is located in the east-northeasterly part of the Moon's near side. Peirce lies to the north of Yerkes and Picard craters, and southeast of Macrobius crater located outside the mare. Just over a crater diameter to the north of Peirce is the smaller Swift crater.

The rim of Peirce is roughly circular, with a slight outward bulge along the northwestern rim. There are indications of slumping along the sides of this section, producing a wider inner wall. It is generally bowl-shaped, and is marked only by a tiny craterlet along the inner southeast rim. The interior is marked by several furrows, ridges, as well as a low, conical hill near the mid-point.

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 Peirce crater.

The following craters have been renamed by the IAU.

* Peirce B — "See" Swift crater.


External links

* [ LTO-44D4 Peirce] — L&PI topographic map
* [ Peirce Crater: Apollo 17 vs Lunar Orbiter 4] (accessed 10/04/05.)

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