Kirch (crater)

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Image from Lunar Orbiter 4

.Kirch, named after Icons-flag-de.png German astronomer Gottfried Kirch, is a small lunar impact crater in the eastern part of the Mare Imbrium, a large lunar mare in the northwest quadrant of the Moon. This is a relatively solitary formation with the nearest comparable crater being Piazzi Smyth to the northeast. Notable features in the vicinity are the Montes Spitzbergen mountains to the south and the solitary peak Mons Piton to the east and northeast.

Kirch is circular and bowl-shaped, with a dark interior sharing the same albedo as the surrounding terrain.