Mons Huygens

Mons Huygens, in the Montes Apenninus Mountain Range, is the highest mountain on our moon, at 18,046 feet (5,500 m.) above the Mare Imbrium. The mountain was named after Dutch mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695).

However, it is not the highest point on the moon; the highest area on the moon is located on the far side away from Earth.

It is 35,387 feet (10,785 m.) above the mean radius of the moon, and also the farthest point from the lunar center. With slopes of only three degrees, it is not considered a mountain and was possibly formed by ejecta from the South Pole Aitken Impact Basin.


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