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New Names and an Amended Theme for Mercury

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fifteen new crater names and an amended theme for montes have been approved for Mercury.

The new crater names are: Amaral, Beckett, Dali, Enwonwu, Glinka, Hovnatanian, Moody, Munch, Navoi, Nawahi, Oskison, Poe, Qi Baishi, Raden Saleh, and Sher-Gil. For more information about these names, see the list of Mercury names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

The theme for montes on Mercury has been amended to "Word for "hot" in various languages." See the list of categories for naming features on planets and satellites for a complete list of themes.