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New Names Approved for Dione

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The IAU has approved 45 new names for surface features on Dione, including 34 craters, 3 catenae, 3 chasmata, 1 dorsa, and 4 fossae. Please see the list of Dione names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

The following five changes to existing names were also approved:

Amata was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.

Carthage Linea was changed to Carthage Fossae.

Cassandra was moved to a smaller, well-defined crater.

Padua Linea was changed to Padua Chasmata.

The length of Palatine Chasmata was amended and the descriptor term was changed to the plural form.