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A NEW CRATER ON THE LUNAR SURFACE

    Naturevolume 18pages197198 (1878) | Download Citation

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    WHEN examining the surface of the moon on May 27, 1877, Dr. Hermann J. Klein, of Köln, observed, with his 5½-inch dialyte by Plössl, a great black crater on the Mare Vaporum, and a little to the north-west of the well-known crater Hyginus. He describes the crater as being nearly as large as Hyginus, or about three miles in diameter, and, being deep and full of shadow, and as forming a conspicuous object on the dark grey Mare Vaporum. Having frequently observed this region during the last twelve years, Dr. Klein felt certain that no such crater existed in this region at the time of his previous observations. Dr. Klein communicated his observations to Dr. Schmidt, of Athens, the veteran selenographer, who assured him that this crater was absent from all his numerous drawings of this part of the lunar surface; neither is it shown by Schroter, Lohrmann, nor Mädler, who carefully drew this region with the fine refractor at Dorpat. On one or two subsequent occasions Dr. Klein obtained further observations of this new crater. He found it to be either without a wall or with a very low one, but to be a deep conical depression in the surface. Shortly after sunrise the crater takes the appearance of a dark grey spot, with an ill-defined edge.

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