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Kies - and
(Kies A) south of it
Lat: 26.3°S, Long: 22.5°W, Diam: 45 km, Depth: 0.39 km,
Aug 23, 2010
- note the almost linear slump-line (fault?) just inside the northern rim).
(the dark triangular marks are flaws in the on-board film development).
(note the dome
, and also the cluster of hills unofficially known as the
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Kies - and Lenham (Kies A) south of it
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KIES.--A somewhat similar formation, S. of
, about 25 miles in diameter, also encircled by a border of insignificant dimensions, attaining an altitude of 2,400 feet at only one point on the S.W., while elsewhere it is scarcely higher than that of
. It is clearly polygonal, approximating to the hexagonal type. On the more distinct S. section a bright spur projects from it. On the N. its continuity is broken by a distinct little crater. It is traversed by a remarkable white streak, extending in a S.E. direction from Bullialdus C (where it is very wide), across the interior, to the more easterly of two craters S.E. of
. Another streak branches out from it near the centre of the floor, and runs to the E. wall. The principal streak, so far as the portion within Kies is concerned, represents a cleft. On the Mare W. of Kies is a curious circular mound, and farther towards
two prominent little mountains. On the N.E. is a large obscure ring and a wide shallow valley bordered by ridges.
Depth data from
Kurt Fisher database
Arthur, 1974: 0.39 km
Westfall, 2000: 0.39 km
Viscardy, 1985: 0.38 km
From the shadows in LO-IV-125H, the highest point on the east rim of
is about 370 m above the floor. The “handle” on the south is up to 600 m tall.
is on the
ALPO list of banded craters
The officially unnamed pair of craterlets at the northwestern part of
's floor is an excellent test-object for those who want to know if their telescope is of good quality.
Dec 8, 2008
The bright bowl-shaped crater
) shows a curious
effect at the shadow of its western rim, a couple of hours after local sunrise.
's shadow looks "
" at its central part. This "
" is caused by a curious wing-like formation at the crater's western rim. Two wing-like appendages run north-northwest and south-southwest, radiating out of the crater's western rim. A similar formation is noticeable at crater
. The "wings" at Kies A's western rim are also noticeable in the
LPOD of 2-5-2009
; near the photograph's upper left corner. Research: Danny Caes.
Paolo Lazzarotti's photo of the Kies and Kies A region
(made after local sunrise) shows the curious "interrupted" appearance of
's western shadow very well! Research: Danny Caes.
(September 14, 1713—July 29, 1781), a German astronomer and mathematician. Kies worked to make observations on the lunar parallax. Kies wrote, "Observations on eclipses are extremely useful, especially the ones that are exact." Kies was one of the first to propagate Newton's discoveries in Germany, and dedicated two of his works to the Englishman.
(p. 218), this name was introduced by
(the southern "appendix" of
(hillock southwest of
, west of
(among many observers of the moon, crater
is known for the dome
west-southwest of it, this dome is one of the most popular lunar surface formations which received a Greek letter designation, unfortunately not recognized by the International Astronomical Union) (why?).
, a bowl-shaped crater south of Kies itself, was called
by Hugh Percy Wilkins and Patrick Moore, but the I.A.U. did not accept that name.
Lenham: contemporary English selenographer.
The group of hillocks between
(west-southwest of Kies) is unofficially called
(this name was printed on the greenish colored
moonmap). The origin of it (the name
) is still unknown.
Aug 23, 2008
Excerpt from the
USGS Digital Atlas of the Moon
A Hole in the Wall
Horns and Wings
(Lambert Spix's drawing of the sunrise shadowspires at
; aka Wilkins's
: Volcanic dome.
by H.P.Wilkins and P.Moore.
: A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings (Harold Hill), pages 110, 111.
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