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A Lost 40 Year Old Dome Catalog

Originally published August 26, 2004


A Lost 40 Year Old Dome Catalog

While visiting the Wolbach Library of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston just before the Venus transit I discovered a comprehensive study of domes written in 1964. It is a master of science thesis by David L. Brungart, a student at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Using the Kuiper Photographic Lunar Atlas and the LAC charts available at that time, Brungart compiled a catalog of 261 domes. For each he gave the name, coordinates, diameter, height, slope, elevation and morphological characteristics. In addition, each dome or cluster of domes was described in a text paragraph accompanied by a PLA photo or a sketch. Brungart estimated heights for an amazing 142 domes using Gilbert Fielder's method. Brungart understood that his results were only order of magnitude estimates, but their range from 40 m to 2,650 m, and median of about 300 m seem reasonable. It is a shame that this extensive catalog was not published - as far as I know - for it may have stimulated a quantitative approach to dome studies. I plan to post the entire catalog on a new web site that will appear soon...

Chuck Wood

Related Links:
Fielder, G. (1962) Lunar Domes, Journal of the British Astronomical Association 72, #1, p 24-30.

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Author & Editor:
Charles A. Wood


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