Schiller-Zucchius Basin

(unofficial name)
Lat: 56.0°S, Long: 45.0°W, Diam: 335 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 70, 71
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Left: Howard Eskildsen, Right: Clementine, Clementine LIDAR Altimeter texture from PDS Map-a-Planet remapped to north-up aerial view by LTVT. The dot is the center position and the white circle the main ring position from Chuck Wood's Impact Basin Database. Grid spacing = 10 degrees.


LPOD|Photo Gallery images Lunar Orbiter Images


(LAC zone 125D1) LAC map Geologic map SLC map E8 (System of Lunar Craters, 1966).

Basin Classification

(description of terms and most numeric basin data from Wood, C.A. (2004) Impact Basin Database)

Certainty of Existence
Wilhelms Age Group
Ring Diameters
Mare Thickness
175, 335 km
0.9 km
Yes, 14 mG gravity anomaly

Description Wikipedia

Schiller-Zucchius Basin

Additional Information

I must thank Antoine van der Jeugt, the Flemish connoisseur of telescopic observations of the moon and Mars, and who made me aware of the existence of the Schiller Annular Plain (aka Schiller-Zucchius Basin). - DannyCaes DannyCaes Jan 21, 2017


  • Basins filled with maria are unofficially named for the mare, and basins that were previously recognized as craters still bear the crater name. Basins located between craters have the names of the two opposite craters with a hyphen in between, in this case Schiller and Zucchius.
  • As described in Hartmann and Kuiper (1962), this feature was originally referred to in the literature as "basin near Schiller".
  • The BAA's John Rogers suggested the unofficial name Schiller Annular Plain in 1976.
  • The much more widely used unofficial name Schiller-Zucchius Basin appears to have been introduced by Wilhelms, Howard and Wilshire (1979).
  • 19th century British observers regarded some of the ridges in the Schiller-Zucchius Basin (specifically those between Segner and Zucchius) as comprising a distinct "walled plain" for which Birt suggested the name Rosse (now used for a completely different feature).

LPOD Articles

A Basin Near Schiller Rounding the Ellipses SW TAPER

Lunar 100

L59: Badly degraded overlooked basin.


This page has been edited 14 times. The last modification was made by - DannyCaes DannyCaes on Jan 21, 2017 11:06 am - mfx2