Lat: 15.5°N, Long: 176.7°E, Diam: 44 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside), Eratosthenian
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- The red labeled Lunar Orbiter 2 photograph LO-II 034 Med shows the name Safarik ("Safavrik") at the location of crater Virtanen, which is too northward! (south-southeast of Lacus Luxuriae and Buys-Ballot). Safarik's location is east-southeast of Sharonov, and north of Tiselius.
- HiRes scan of LO-II 034 h1 which shows Virtanen near the frame's lower left corner. The largest crater in this frame is Sharonov (south upward).
- Additional research: Danny Caes


(LAC zone 68A2) USGS Digital Atlas PDF


Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Considered to be Copernican by Moore and McEwen (LPSC XXVII, #1450), but rays seems to be from later crater on Virtanen's rim.


  • Artturi Ilmari Virtanen (January 15, 1895 - November 11, 1973) was a Finnish agricultural biochemist. In 1945, Virtanen became a Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry "for his research and inventions in agricultural and nutrition chemistry”.
  • On the 2 May 2017, the IAU approved the crater on/within Virtanen's eastern sector as Virtanen F (the first approved in 2017 at Lat: 15.79°N, Long: 177.32°E, Diam: 11.6 km).

Exploring the LROC's NAC close-ups of Virtanen F

Thanks John Moore! (news about the IAU's Virtanen F). This news is an interesting spark to start an exploration of the interior of that (rather unknown) crater!
The ACT-REACT QUICK MAP on the LROC-site shows wonderful NAC close-ups of that crater! Lots of chaotic lava-flow like details with numerous cracks and crevasses all over the slopes!
Thanks! - DannyCaes DannyCaes May 4, 2017

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