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New Name Approved for a Vallis on Mars

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Farah Vallis for a valley on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Changes to Valles and Catenae on Mercury

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved some changes for Mercury nomenclature. Arecibo Vallis has been changed to Arecibo Catena, Goldstone Vallis has been changed to Goldstone Catena, Haystack Vallis has been changed to Haystack Catena, and Simeiz Vallis has been dropped. The theme for catenae on Mercury is "Radio telescope facilities," and the theme for valles is "Abandoned cities (or towns or settlements) of antiquity." For more information, see the feature categories in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Image Base for 1:1 Million-Scale Lunar Maps

Monday, March 18, 2013

The 1:1 million-scale maps of the Moon in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now show the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) global morphologic map as the base. Previous versions of the maps used the USGS shaded relief and color-coded topography and the USGS Lunar Orbiter mosaics as the base. The previous versions are no longer supported; URLs that linked to these versions have been redirected to the current maps with the LROC WAC image base. For more information, see the page that describes these maps in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: Alver, Donelaitis, Flaiano, Hurley, L'Engle, Lovecraft, Pahinui, Petőfi, and Roerich. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two New Lacus Names for Titan

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Urmia Lacus and Sionascaig Lacus for use on Titan. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Candor Sulci and Nia Tholus Approved on Mars

Monday, March 11, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two features on Mars: Candor Sulci and Nia Tholus. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mars Crater Named Farim

Monday, March 11, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Farim for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-29 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Vallis on Mars

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Tana Vallis for a valley on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for a Mons and a Tholus on Mars

Monday, March 4, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for two features on Mars: Aonia Mons and Aonia Tholus. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Channel on Titan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Vid Flumina for a channel on Titan. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Lucaya

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Lucaya for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved nine new names for craters on Mercury: Catullus, Disney, Hopper, Joplin, Kobro, Komeda, Kyōsai, Popova, and Waters. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names for Five Colles and One Patera on Titan

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five colles on Titan (Arwen Colles, Bilbo Colles, Faramir Colles, Handir Colles, and Nimloth Colles). The feature formerly called Sotra Facula has been changed to Sotra Patera. For more information, see this image of Titan in the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Six Features on Mars

Monday, November 26, 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six features on Mars: Camichel, Dukhan, Kolonga, Liberta, Sibut, and Okavango Valles. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Fifteen New Names for Vesta

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eleven craters, two catenae, one dorsum, and one tholus on Vesta (Albana, Domna, Eumachia, Eutropia, Fonteia, Galeria, Mamilia, Myia, Paulina, Pomponia, Torquata, Albalonga Catena, Robigalia Catena, Lavinium Dorsum, and Brumalia Tholus). For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.