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Division Named in Saturn's Ring System

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The name Roche Division has been approved for the division between Saturn's A and F rings. See the ring nomenclature page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Large Crater on Mars Named Miyamoto

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A 160 km crater on Mars has been named for Shotaro Miyamoto, a Japanese astronomer who made many important observations of Mars. The crater is located at 2.9S, 7.0W and can be seen on map MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Spelling of Saturn XXVIII

Monday, December 17, 2007

The spelling of the saturnian satellite Erriapo has been changed from the dative to the nominative case: Erriapus.

Martian Patera Name Dropped

Friday, December 7, 2007

The name Diacria Patera has been officially dropped. The name was originally approved in 1985 for a circular feature located at 34.9N, 132.6W, but higher resolution imagery later revealed that the feature is not a patera.

New Chaos Name for Mars

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The name Erythraeum Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 21.8S, 12.4W on Mars. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.