Isis (lunar crater)

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Isis crater AS17-P-2760.jpg
Oblique Apollo 17 image, facing south
Coordinates18°57′N 27°29′E / 18.95°N 27.48°E / 18.95; 27.48Coordinates: 18°57′N 27°29′E / 18.95°N 27.48°E / 18.95; 27.48
Diameter0.61 km
Colongitude323° at sunrise
EponymIsis, Egyptian female given name
Oblique view from Apollo 15
View from Apollo 17

Isis is a tiny lunar volcanic crater in the southeastern part of the Mare Serenitatis. It is located to the northeast of the small crater Dawes, and to the west of the Montes Taurus range. To the east-northeast of this position is the landing site of the Apollo 17 mission, in the Taurus–Littrow valley.

Isis and nearby Osiris are located on conical uprises situated along a rille and are interpreted as small volcanic cones.[1][2][3]

The name of the crater was approved by the IAU in 1976, and refers to an Egyptian female given name.[4]


  1. ^ Head, James W., 1975. Morphology of Pyroclastic Lunar Volcanic Deposits: Implications for Eruption Conditions and Localized Sources of Volatiles. Abstracts of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, volume 6, page 349-351. abstract
  2. ^ Weitz C. M., Head J. W. (1999). "Spectral properties of the Marius Hills volcanic complex and implications for the formation of lunar domes and cones". Journal of Geophysical Research. 104 (E8): 18933–18956. Bibcode:1999JGR...10418933W. doi:10.1029/1998JE000630.
  3. ^ Lena R., Wöhler C., Phillips J., Chiocchetta M. T. (2013). Lunar Domes: Properties and Formation Processes. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 6, 8. doi:10.1007/978-88-470-2637-7. ISBN 9788847026377.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) (Appendix A: Lunar dome images).
  4. ^ Isis, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)

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