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PLATO

Northern region of the Moon and the western part of Mare Frigoris.
The lower part of the map is occupied by the crater Plato, which has a very dark floor.
A narrow terra strip separates Mare Frigoris and Mare Imbrium.

 

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Section 03

RELEVANT FEATURES

  • Anaximenes - 80 km
    [72.5N, 44.5W]
    Anaximenes, 585-528 BC.
    Greek philosopher of Miletus. Taught that the Earth was flat and that the Sun was hot because of the speed of its revolution around the Earth.
    Crater (80 km).
  • Bliss - 20 km (Plato A)
    [53.0N, 13.5W]
    Nathaniel Bliss, 1700-1764.
    English Astronomer Royal.
    Crater (20 km).
  • Brianchon - 145 km
    [74.8N, 86.5W]
    Charles J. Brionchon, 1783-1864.
    French mathematician.
    Crater in a libration zone (145 km).
  • Fontenelle - 38 km - h. 1750 km
    [63.4N, 18.9W]
    Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, 1657-1757.
    French astronomer, popularizer of science, and one of the early members of the French Academy of Sciences.
    Crater (38 km).
  • Frigoris, Mare - Sea of Cold - area 436.000 sq km
    Riccioli's name for an elongated mare in the northern polar region.
    The surface of Mare Frigoris occupies an area of 436,000 sq km (Locus Mortis and the area west of the crater Hercules included - see map no. 14) and is comparable in size with the Black Sea on Earth.

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  • Maupertuis, Rimae - length 100 km
    [51N, 22W]
    Rilles, length 100 km.
  • Mouchez - 82 km
    [78.3N 26.6W]
    Ernest A. B. Mouchez, 1821-1892.
    Officer of the French Navy, later director of the Paris Observatory.
    Remains of a crater (82 km).
  • Pascal - 106 km
    [74.3N, 70.1W]
    Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662.
    French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher.
    Invented an adding machine.
    Crater (106 km).
  • Philolaus - 71 km - h. 3400 km
    [72.1N, 32.4W]
    Philolaus, end of the 5th century BC.
    Greek philosopher, adherent to Pythagorean astronomy.
    Taught that the Earth is moving. Believed that the center of space is a "central fire."
    Crater (71 km) .
  • Plato - 101 km - h. 2000 km
    [51.6N, 9.3W]
    Plato, c. 427-347 BC.
    Prominent Greek philosopher, pupil of Socrates. His astronomy is Pythagorean; conceived of the Earth as a round body surrounded by planetary spheres and stars.
    Large crater (101 km) .
  • Poncelet - 69 km
    [75.8N, 54.1W]
    Jean V. Poncelet, 1788-1867.
    French mathematician.
    Crater (69 km).
  • Sylvester - 58 km
    [82.7N, 79.6W]
    James J. Sylvester, 1814-1897.
    British mathematician. Number theory, analytical geometry.
    Crater in a libration zone (58 km) .