Selenography is the study of Lunar geography. Selenography is deeper and more complex than the study of maps (cartography) and place names (toponymy). Currently, Selenography focuses on the visible Lunar surface features and the Lunar natural environment; where they are located and how they interact with each other (physical selenography). Selenography is closely linked to selenology, the study of the composition and processes of the solid material that makes up Luna, and often overlap each other.

Eventually, with permanent human habitation, selenography will encompass the full range of topics covered by geology: studying people, communities, cultures, economies and their interactions with their location and environment (human selenography). The third sub-discipline, environmental (or integrated) geography, is concerned with the interaction between the environment and humans. The four broad areas of geographical, and selenographical, research are: [1]

  • Spatial analyses of human and natural phenomena
  • Studies of human-land relationships
  • Studies of places and regions
  • Earth sciences (or Lunar sciences in this case)

A short history of selenography, along with historical Lunar maps, can be found at Wikipedia (

We’re going to need to learn everything we can about the Lunar terrain before we send Homesteaders there.

You can learn more about selenography at Lunarpedia. Much of the information on this page is the same as the Lunarpedia because I also wrote that page. However, Lunarpedia is a wiki so other people might have added more information. It’s worth checking out.



Etymology: Σελήνη Selene (Greek goddess of the Moon) + γράφω graphō (Greek for “I write”) [1]


Selenography Posts

Lunar orbital information

  • Phases
  • Trans-Lunar orbits
  • Tidal lock

Coordinate Systems

Lunar Topography

Near side

Far side

North Pole

South Pole






Lava tubes

Landing/crash sites

Lunar maps and atlases

Spatial interrelationships are at the core of selenography and maps are a key tool. The long-term plan is to have a fully interactive Lunar Atlas on Lunarpedia. However, we’re not there yet. For now, here are some links:



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