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Interactive Moon Map
This Lunar map emphasizes the major features on the near side of the Moon such as the Lunar Maria and large craters. Place the cursor over the image of the Moon or over the names of the craters and maria to highlight the corresponding areas.

Selenography is the study of the physical features on the surface of the Moon. The first complete maps of the Moon were produced from images obtained by orbiting spacecraft toward the end of the twentieth century. Illustrations of the surface of the Moon have been found dating before 3000 BCE, but the first true map of the Moon was produced by Michel Florent van Langren in 1645. This map portrayed lunar maria, craters, and mountain peaks. Latin names of seas and oceans were associated with the maria, and minor craters were named after astronomers, mathematicians, and scientists. The lunar nomenclature in use today was devised by Giambattista Riccioli and illustrated by Francesco Maria Grimaldi. Their work, Almagestum Novum, was published in 1651.

Moon Map Reference

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Name Diam. km    Lat.      Lon.  
Mare AnguisSerpent Sea 145.99 22.43 67.58
Mare AustraleSouthern Sea 611.97 -40.41 94.47
Mare CognitumSea that has become known 350.01 -10.53 -22.31
Copernicus CraterCoperenicus Crater 96.07 9.62 -20.08
Mare CrisiumSea of Crises 555.92 16.18 59.1
Mare FecunditatisSea of Fecundity 840.35 -7.83 53.67
Mare FrigorisSea of Cold 1446.41 57.59 -0.01
Grimaldi CraterGrimaldi Crater 173.49 -5.38 -68.36
Mare HumboldtianumSea of Alexander von Humboldt 230.78 56.92 81.54
Mare HumorumSea of Moisture 419.67 -24.48 -38.57
Mare ImbriumSea of Showers 1145.53 34.72 -14.91
Mare Ingenii*Sea of Cleverness 282.2 -33.25 164.83
Mare InsularumSea of Islands 511.93 7.79 -30.64
Kepler CraterKepler Crater 29.49 8.09 -38.02
Mare MarginisSea of the Edge 357.63 12.7 86.52
Mare Moscoviense*Sea of Moscovy 275.57 27.28 148.12
Mare NectarisSea of Nectar 339.39 -15.19 34.6
Mare NubiumSea of Clouds 714.5 -20.59 -17.29
Mare OrientaleEastern Sea 294.16 -19.87 -94.67
Plato CraterPlato Crater 100.68 51.6 -9.38
Oceanus ProcellarumOcean of Storms 2592.24 20.67 -56.68
Mare SerenitatisSea of Serenity 674.28 27.29 18.36
Mare SmythiiSea of William Henry Smyth 373.97 -1.71 87.05
Lacus SomniorumLake of Dreams 424.76 37.56 30.8
Mare SpumansFoaming Sea 143.13 1.3 65.3
Stevinus CraterStevinus Crater 71.54 -32.49 54.12
Mare TranquillitatisSea of Tranquility 875.75 8.35 30.83
Tycho CraterTycho Crater 86.21 -43.31 -11.36
Mare UndarumSea of Waves 244.84 7.49 68.66
Mare VaporumSea of Vapors 242.46 13.57 3.69
* On the far side of the Moon