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A Comprehensive List of the Lowest & Highest Geographical Locations & Altitudes for Celestial Bodies

Below are charts locating the lowest and highest locations with their respective altitudes for bodies regularly featured in KSP in the Lat/Long = Degrees, Minute, Seconds and Decimal Degrees format.

Why are these locations useful...? I don't know, it's just interesting, right? This information is not typically listed and/or can sometimes not be readily available so its nice to have it collated in one place.

Stock + OPM System

Body Lowest Point Highest Point
  DMS       Decimal      
Altitude
  DMS       Decimal      
Altitude
 
Moho LAT = 19° 38' 13" S LON = 166° 14' 31" W LAT = -19.637 LON = -166.242 ALT = 29m LAT = 54° 40' 55" N LON = 153° 28' 23" E LAT = 54.682 LON = 153.473 ALT = 6818m
                                         
Eve LAT = 40° 05' 13" N LON = 14° 44' 20" W LAT = 40.087 LON = -14.739 ALT = -1866m LAT = 24° 59' 42" S LON = 158° 28' 30" W LAT = -24.995 LON = -158.475 ALT = 7541m
Gilly LAT = 56° 47' 31" N LON = 7° 15' 00" W LAT = 56.792 LON = -7.25 ALT = 1494m LAT = 29° 14' 35" S LON = 123° 53' 20" W LAT = -29.243 LON = -123.889 ALT = 6401m
                                         
Kerbin LAT = 27° 04' 30" S LON = 79° 00' 11" W LAT = -27.075 LON = -79.003 ALT = -1393m LAT = 61° 35' 46" N LON = 46° 21' 36" E LAT = 61.596 LON = 46.36 ALT = 6768m
Mun LAT = 35° 20' 24" N LON = 76° 38' 17" W LAT = 35.34 LON = -76.638 ALT = -248m LAT = 82° 30' 14" S LON = 152° 18' 00" W LAT = -82.504 LON = -152.3 ALT = 7059m
Minmus LAT = 0° 36' 00" S LON = 180° 06' 00" W LAT = -0.6 LON = -180.1 ALT = 0m LAT = 62° 56' 17" S LON = 74° 36' 58" E LAT = -62.938 LON = 74.616 ALT = 5724m
                                         
Duna LAT = 6° 36' 18" S LON = 50° 12' 58" W LAT = -6.605 LON = -50.216 ALT = 127m LAT = 20° 53' 53" N LON = 106° 48' 04" W LAT = 20.898 LON = -106.801 ALT = 8268m
Ike LAT = 14° 21' 40" S LON = 25° 28' 44" E LAT = -14.361 LON = 25.479 ALT = 73m LAT = 25° 15' 25" N LON = 178° 17' 24" E LAT = 25.257 LON = 178.29 ALT = 12738m
                                         
Dres LAT = 19° 01' 08" N LON = 57° 09' 43" W LAT = 19.019 LON = -57.162 ALT = 25m LAT = 84° 58' 44" S LON = 42° 36' 36" E LAT = -84.979 LON = 42.61 ALT = 5670m
                                         
Jool                                        
Laythe LAT = 29° 18' 50" N LON = 7° 19' 41" E LAT = 29.314 LON = 7.328 ALT = -2800m LAT = 17° 34' 41" S LON = 172° 34' 01" E LAT = -17.578 LON = 172.567 ALT = 6079m
Vall LAT = 11° 38' 24" N LON = 145° 28' 52" E LAT = 11.64 LON = 145.481 ALT = -394m LAT = 18° 40' 55" S LON = 84° 12' 14" W LAT = -18.682 LON = -84.204 ALT = 7985m
Tylo LAT = 14° 48' 40" N LON = 177° 42' 54" W LAT = 14.811 LON = -177.715 ALT = 1m LAT = 28° 52' 52" S LON = 171° 59' 53" W LAT = -28.881 LON = -171.998 ALT = 12904m
Bop LAT = 37° 35' 17" N LON = 139° 16' 19" W LAT = 37.588 LON = -139.272 ALT = 2004m LAT = 23° 52' 52" N LON = 64° 34' 05" W LAT = 23.881 LON = -64.568 ALT = 21757m
Pol LAT = 25° 07' 30" S LON = 173° 45' 40" E LAT = -25.125 LON = 173.761 ALT = 83m LAT = 62° 48' 47" S LON = 164° 33' 54" E LAT = -62.813 LON = 164.565 ALT = 4891m
                                         
Eeloo LAT = 51° 34' 16" N LON = 33° 13' 34" W LAT = 51.571 LON = -33.226 ALT = -608m LAT = 24° 07' 19" N LON = 28° 23' 02" E LAT = 24.122 LON = 28.384 ALT = 3797m
                                         
Sarnus                                        
Hale LAT = 54° 24' 18" N LON = 0° 40' 19" E LAT = 54.405 LON = 0.672 ALT = 1577m LAT = 56° 01' 48" N LON = 164° 05' 02" W LAT = 56.03 LON = -164.084 ALT = 5918m
Ovok LAT = 76° 06' 47" S LON = 17° 13' 37" E LAT = -76.113 LON = 17.227 ALT = 0m LAT = 0° 10' 30" S LON = 91° 19' 05" W LAT = -0.175 LON = -91.318 ALT = 14000m
Eeloo LAT = 51° 34' 16" N LON = 33° 13' 34" W LAT = 51.571 LON = -33.226 ALT = -608m LAT = 24° 07' 19" N LON = 28° 23' 02" E LAT = 24.122 LON = 28.384 ALT = 3797m
Slate LAT = 76° 16' 37" S LON = 163° 20' 38" E LAT = -76.277 LON = 163.344 ALT = -1227m LAT = 3° 52' 01" N LON = 169° 42' 07" W LAT = 3.867 LON = -169.702 ALT = 16559m
Tekto LAT = 20° 18' 11" S LON = 104° 34' 55" E LAT = -20.303 LON = 104.582 ALT = -631m LAT = 2° 42' 58" N LON = 143° 20' 13" E LAT = 2.716 LON = 143.337 ALT = 5954m
                                         
Urlum                                        
Polta LAT = 52° 04' 05" S LON = 14° 43' 30" E LAT = -52.068 LON = 14.725 ALT = -466m LAT = 64° 20' 10" N LON = 88° 56' 42" W LAT = 64.336 LON = -88.945 ALT = 8835m
Priax LAT = 24° 31' 30" S LON = 166° 12' 58" E LAT = -24.525 LON = 166.216 ALT = 8234m LAT = 4° 44' 10" S LON = 115° 01' 30" E LAT = -4.736 LON = 115.025 ALT = 30485m
Wal LAT = 39° 13' 26" N LON = 106° 06' 54" E LAT = 39.224 LON = 106.115 ALT = -542m LAT = 2° 57' 36" S LON = 87° 11' 24" W LAT = -2.96 LON = -87.19 ALT = 20650m
Tal LAT = 47° 48' 43" N LON = 152° 34' 41" E LAT = 47.812 LON = 152.578 ALT = -62m LAT = 51° 40' 19" N LON = 32° 13' 44" E LAT = 51.672 LON = 32.229 ALT = 11904m
                                         
Neidon                                        
Thatmo LAT = 11° 14' 35" N LON = 79° 58' 55" W LAT = 11.243 LON = -79.982 ALT = -341m LAT = 50° 34' 59" N LON = 104° 05' 10" W LAT = 50.583 LON = -104.086 ALT = 4981m
Nissee LAT = 56° 37' 08" S LON = 127° 21' 00" E LAT = -56.619 LON = 127.35 ALT = 1933m LAT = 9° 03' 43" N LON = 61° 25' 48" E LAT = 9.062 LON = 61.43 ALT = 9113m
                                         
Plock LAT = 25° 54' 54" N LON = 121° 40' 52" E LAT = 25.915 LON = 121.681 ALT = -461m LAT = 46° 17' 46" N LON = 65° 47' 24" E LAT = 46.296 LON = 65.79 ALT = 3383m
Karen LAT = 12° 28' 05" S LON = 34° 15' 18" E LAT = -12.468 LON = 34.255 ALT = -420m LAT = 3° 05' 46" S LON = 151° 50' 20" E LAT = -3.096 LON = 151.839 ALT = 4655m

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Big thanks to Sigma88 for the help in acquiring this information. If there are any errors, pointers, suggestions etc. please feel free to tell me.

Edited by Poodmund

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Great stuff. I am probably just missing something obvious, but Eeloo is missing and Gilly's number seem off. Even the lowest point is larger than the diameter of the tiny moon. 

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13 hours ago, Ty Tan Tu said:

Great stuff. I am probably just missing something obvious, but Eeloo is missing and Gilly's number seem off. Even the lowest point is larger than the diameter of the tiny moon. 

Eeloo is listed as a moon of Sarnus as per the OPM system, however, the body does not change.

With respect to how Gilly's altitude seems high, it's how the PQS system that governs terrain generation works and that the noise systems here work in an additive fashion. Basically, the bodies are formed as perfect sphere then mathematical noise is added on top of this surface (or taken away with negative values on these curves). Specifically, Gilly has a radius of 13,000m but Gilly's first terrain PQS mod (VertexSimplexHeightAltitude) has a deformity amplitude of 8,000m... which is about 60% of its total radius size. 

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You should put Eeloo in with the stock listing (as well, perhaps)... it's less confusing. I didn't even bother to look at the others as they're not in my stock game, for example.

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Not knowing about this thread, I've decided yesterday to get to the tallest point. This time it was easier because of paragliders.

 

Wiki says: "with the tallest peak being 6764.1 m in altitude", Kerbalmaps says " 6761.0483 m", and I've found a point 6767.4 m high which confirms the screenshot on wiki.

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I've made Jebediah walk on all those adjacent peaks and none of them show higher values. They're all ten or more metres lower.

Mind that my terrain rendering and other graphics details are maxed out, and I don't use any terrain altering mods.

So I really don't see where your value of 6768.6 m came from. :/

 

Nevertheless, it's good to have such table. I recommend placing it in KSP wiki pages somewhere.

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55 minutes ago, lajoswinkler said:

So I really don't see where your value of 6768.6 m came from. :/

The figures were obtained by the scanning of the body's PQS mesh at a resolution of 0.001 Decimal Degrees. The fact that the figure I posted was within 1.5m is not bad considering the Wiki difference is 3m and KerbalMaps being 6m.

Do I have to put a Disclaimer in the OP stating all figures may be subject to a few meters difference? :P 

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1 hour ago, Poodmund said:

The figures were obtained by the scanning of the body's PQS mesh at a resolution of 0.001 Decimal Degrees. The fact that the figure I posted was within 1.5m is not bad considering the Wiki difference is 3m and KerbalMaps being 6m.

Do I have to put a Disclaimer in the OP stating all figures may be subject to a few meters difference? :P 

You might. Thing is, if there's an error of few metres, having decimal digits isn't really useful.

All these bodies should be surveyed. Forumers used to do that. It's too much work for just one person.

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16 hours ago, lajoswinkler said:

You might. Thing is, if there's an error of few metres, having decimal digits isn't really useful.

All these bodies should be surveyed. Forumers used to do that. It's too much work for just one person.

Well I rounded the altitude figures to the more conservative estimate integer as that is more representative as you say.

On the topic of in-game surveying... be my guest. :D I have also included the Decimal Degree coordinates too as I think mods use these figures to relocate craft.

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Monkey blades, Bop has a feature height of over 21.7km?!  And it's pretty near the equator?  Treacherous.

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On 4/4/2018 at 1:22 PM, lajoswinkler said:

So I really don't see where your value of 6768.6 m came from. :/

Really tall Kerbal (male vs female)?

High-heeled spaceboots?

Slight seismic tremors at the moment of measurement?

 

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Mohos lowest point is at the North Pole of the planet.

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7 hours ago, Fraston said:

Mohos lowest point is at the North Pole of the planet.

This is actually incorrect but I would forgive anyone believing this, the bottom of the Mohole is actually around 300m above Sea Level, which is higher than the Lowest Point listed above. Granted, the Mohole hole is around 4.6km deep, so it just feels very, very low.

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Here a suggestion - not sure if it's worth the effort to do it though - a similar table, but for the highest and lowest point when in a 0 inclination orbit around the body. (ie equatorial heights only)

So if you use a polar Orbit, you'd use the first table. If you use the equatorial orbit, you'd use the 'other table' as it would be specific to 0degree inclination. 

Edited by wile1411

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On 4/9/2018 at 12:06 PM, Archgeek said:

Monkey blades, Bop has a feature height of over 21.7km?!  And it's pretty near the equator?  Treacherous.

Ike is way more problematic considering its value when doing irregular Duna capture gravity assists.
"10km should be fine" were the last words of one of my Duna crews.

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On 4/3/2018 at 5:42 PM, Poodmund said:

A Comprehensive List of the Lowest & Highest Geographical Locations & Altitudes for Celestial Bodies

Below are charts locating the lowest and highest locations with their respective altitudes for bodies regularly featured in KSP in the Lat/Long = Degrees, Minute, Seconds and Decimal Degrees format.

Why are these locations useful...? I don't know, it's just interesting, right? This information is not typically listed and/or can sometimes not be readily available so its nice to have it collated in one place.

They are useful in my opinion for two reasons:

For planets with atmosphere....like Eve, I'd say it's the best place to land or make a base (if you can find a flat bit near there) so you need less delta V to take off again.

For planets with no atmosphere it tells you the lowest altitude you can orbit and not worry about a mountain impact....

So, thanks!

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Could you make this table a download or like share it on dropbox or imigur or something? 

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Thanks for doing this!  This is great stuff. I've actually thought it would be great to create  a map of Kerbin and as folks explore, add altitudes and ocean depths over time. I have no idea how to go about this, but it would be cool.

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Beyond just being fun spots to visit, the highest points are useful information for non-atmospheric bodies since they represent the minimum safe orbiting altitude.

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