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Pluto's Moons Named Hydra and Nix

Monday, June 26, 2006

Pluto's two newest satellites have been named Hydra and Nix by the International Astronomical Union. For more information, refer to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, particularly the page that describes planet and satellite names and their discoverers.

7 New Names in the Elysium Region of Mars

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The following names in the Elysium region of Mars have been provisionally approved by the IAU. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Aeolis Planum

Cerberus Palus

Cerberus Tholi

Lethe Vallis

Persbo

Tombaugh

Zephyria Planum

15 New Names Approved for Mars

Monday, June 19, 2006

The following names have been provisionally approved by the IAU for features on Mars. The database information and images showing the features can be seen on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Abalos Mensa

Abalos Scopuli

Baetis Chaos

Boola

Columbia Valles

Chryse Colles

Crotone

Daga Vallis

Hyperborea Lingula

Jojutla

Olympia Cavi

Olympia Mensae

Puyo

Tenuis Mensa

Xanthe Chaos

Starting and Ending Latitudes and Longitudes

Thursday, June 1, 2006

The starting and ending latitudes and longitudes for the named features on Venus, Mars, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are now available on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. These coordinates can be viewed by displaying the table of features for a body and then selecting "Show All Fields" near the top of the table, or by selecting the box labeled "Extent" at the bottom of the page.

New name on Venus

Thursday, June 1, 2006

The name Lindgren Patera has been provisionally approved for Venus. This feature can be seen on the image of V-16 from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.