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Tycho (lunar crater)

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Tycho (/ˈtk/) is a prominent lunar impact crater located in the southern lunar highlands, named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546–1601).[1] It is estimated to be 108 million years old.[2]

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Tycho seen by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (rotate display if you see a crater illusion due to the atypical position of the light source). NASA
Coordinates43.31°S 11.36°W / -43.31; -11.36
Diameter85 km (53.4 miles)
Depth4.8 km (2.98 miles)
Colongitude12° at sunrise
EponymTycho Brahe
Location of Tycho as seen from the Northern Hemisphere
3D model of Tycho crater

To the south of Tycho is the crater Street, to the east is Pictet, and to the north-northeast is Sasserides. The surface around Tycho is replete with craters of various sizes, many overlapping still older craters. Some of the smaller craters are secondary craters formed from larger chunks of ejecta from Tycho. It is one of the Moon's brightest craters,[2] with a diameter of 85 km (53 mi) and a depth of 4,800 m (15,700 ft).[3]