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Twelve New Names Approved for Use on Titan

Friday, September 28, 2007

The following 12 names have been approved by the IAU for surface features on Titan: Elivagar Flumina, Abaya Lacus, Bolsena Lacus, Feia Lacus, Koitere Lacus, Mackay Lacus, Mvatn Lacus, Neagh Lacus, Oneida Lacus, Sotonera Lacus, Sparrow Lacus, and Waikare Lacus. See the Titan section of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Three New Saturnian Moon Names and Expansion of Theme

Friday, September 21, 2007

The IAU has approved names for three more Saturnian moons. They are:

Saturn L = S/2006 S 6 Jarnsaxa

Saturn LI = S/2006 S 4 Greip

Saturn LII = S/2007 S 1 Tarqeq

The theme for prograde satellites with an inclination of around 48 degrees has been expanded to include Inuit spirits. See the Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more details.

Martian Patera Sizes Adjusted and New Mons/Tholus Names Introduced

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The descriptor term 'patera' is defined in the gazetteer as "an irregular crater, or a complex one with scalloped edges" (see Descriptor Terms). The sizes of seven Martian features (Alba, Apollinaris, Biblis, Hadriaca, Tyrrhena, Ulysses, and Uranius Paterae) have increased over time from the sizes of the central depressions to the sizes of the entire edifices. In order to correct this inconsistency in the database, the sizes of these paterae have been adjusted to correspond only to the central depressions.

New names for the mons/tholus features have been introduced. The new names are: Alba Mons, Apollinaris Mons, Biblis Tholus, Hadriacus Mons, Tyrrhenus Mons, Ulysses Tholus, and Uranius Mons.