Astrogeology Science Center

New Name Approved for Crater on Mars

9 December 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Esira for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

23 November 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has modified the definition of the descriptor term sinus and approved it for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of terrestrial bays, coves, fjords or other inlets." For more information, see the list of descriptor terms and Titan themes in the… Read More

New Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

6 November 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has approved the descriptor term fretum for use on Titan. The theme will be "Names of characters from the Foundation series of science fiction novels by American author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)." For more information, see the list of descriptor… Read More

New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars

1 November 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: Pital, Juventae Cavi, Hydrae Cavus, and Hydrae Chaos. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two Themes Approved for Ceres

29 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two themes for use on Ceres.  The theme for craters is “Gods and goddesses of agriculture and vegetation from world mythology”. The theme “Names of agricultural festivals of the world” will be used for other features. The… Read More

New Name Approved for a Colles on Mars

21 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hydraotes Colles for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names Approved for Four Features on Mars

15 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: Hadriacus Cavi, Napo Vallis, Huallaga Vallis, and a crater, Auce. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name Approved for Flumina on Titan

9 October 2014

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

New Names Approved for Five Features on Titan

8 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five features on Titan: Ecaz Labyrinthus, Kaitain Labyrinthus, Richese Labyrinthus, Caladan Planitia, and Poritrin Planitia. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Three Craters on Vesta

7 October 2014

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three craters on Vesta: Angioletta, Hortensia, and Sentia. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.