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Natural Satellite Surface Features

Natural satellites throughout the solar system have many different surface features that include craters, mountains, valleys and maria, among many others. Explore surface features of the Moon and other natural satellites in the solar system, including craters, as well as other named features that often go overlooked. The dark maria, meaning seas, of our Moon are actually large relatively flat basalt plains that are volcanic in origin and are found mainly on the near side. Jupiter's moon Io is covered in volcanoes and flow features.

Natural Satellite Surface Features

Search for features by type or by name, which is often a combination of a famous person or character and a Latin description of its feature type.

Compute the locations and get properties of craters:

Investigate furrows:

Find bright spots on moons:

Explore albedo features:

Learn about mountains and mountain ranges on moons:

Query for eruptive centers on moons:

Properties of Natural Satellite Surface Features

Plot the location of a natural satellite surface feature, determine its size and find out what body the feature is found on.

Locate a feature on a map:

Compare the sizes of features:

Calculate the distance between features: