Gould (crater)

Gould (crater)

Gould is the remnant of a lunar crater formation that lies in the midst of the Mare Nubium, in the southwest quadrant of the Moon. It is located to the east-northeast of the prominent Bullialdus crater, and south of the Opelt crater remnant.

This crater has been flooded by basaltic-lava, and only segments of the outer rim still project above the surface of the lunar mare. The most intact section of the rim is the western quadrant, which now forms a curved ridge. There is a shorter segment of surviving rim to the northeast, which is bisected by the 'Gould P' craterlet. Only small, low ridges remain to outline the original crater to the north and southeast, and the southern rim has been completely destroyed.

A catena, or chain of tiny craters, forms a line running from the southern part of the crater floor toward the southwest.

Satellite 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 Gould crater.

Gould Latitude Longitude Diameter
A 19.2° S 17.0° W 3 km
B 20.5° S 18.4° W 3 km
M 17.7° S 17.2° W 41 km
N 18.4° S 17.6° W 17 km
P 18.8° S 16.6° W 8 km
U 18.2° S 14.9° W 2 km
X 20.9° S 16.9° W 3 km
Y 20.6° S 15.8° W 3 km
Z 19.5° S 15.1° W 2 km


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