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    The names of lunar areas on this map are in English.  More commonly, though, they will be in Latin.  The "seas" and "ocean" (large dark grey areas) do not have standing water in them, they are only called this because they resemble bodies of water.  The craters (Copernicus, Kepler, etc.) are small bright areas, sometimes with rays (ejecta) coming out of them.  Apollo 11 landed in the Sea of Tranquility on 20 July 1969.



Some common lunar terms in Latin:

    mare (pl. maria) = sea

    oceanus = ocean

    lacus = lake

    sinus = bay

    mons = mountain



For more nomenclature, see  For a more extensive lunar map, see


*Image of moon from Gregg Payne's mural on KCCO walls (with additional names by Tiara Norris).


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