Astronomy:Wirtz (crater)

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Wirtz Crater
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Oblique Viking 1 image of Wirtz crater (north is in lower left)
CoordinatesCoordinates: 48°36′S 26°00′W / 48.6°S 26°W / -48.6; -26
Diameter120.26 km (74.73 mi)

Wirtz is a crater on Mars, located in Argyre quadrangle at 48.6° south latitude and 26° west longitude. It measures approximately 120.26 kilometres (74.73 mi) in diameter and was named after Carl Wilhelm Wirtz, a German astronomer (1886–1956). The name was adopted by IAU's Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature in 1973.[1] Wirtz lies on the eastern edge of the large impact crater Argyre Planitia.[2]


See also


  1. "Wirtz (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. Moore, P. et al. 1990. The Atlas of the Solar System. Crescent Books. NY

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