Astrogeology Science Center

Theme on Mars Expanded

14 July 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the expansion of the theme for "other features" on Mars to include using the name of a nearby crater, if no nearby albedo feature name is available. Theme expansion was necessary because in some areas of Mars all available albedo… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Ganymede: Gushkin

11 July 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Gushkin for a small crater on Ganymede. For more information, see the map for Ganymede in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved and a Name Changed on Ceres

20 June 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Hanami Planum to replace the name Erntedank Planum on Ceres and approved a boundary change for Samhain Catenae. The following new names were also approved: Lociyo, Nepen, Tawals, Baltay Catena, Pongal Catena, Junina Catenae,… Read More

Names Approved for Craters on Mars: Bunnik, Langtang, Nqutu, and Talu

14 June 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four craters on Mars: Bunnik, Langtang, Nqutu, and Talu. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Echus Palus

20 May 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Echus Palus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-10 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Hiddekel Cavus

17 May 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Hiddekel Cavus for a feature on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-12 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Selevac

19 April 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Selevac for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Two Features on Ceres: Vendimia Planitia and Consus

28 March 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Ceres. Consus was approved for a crater in the southern hemisphere and Vendimia Planitia was approved for a large, low plain. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Buzzell Planitia

18 March 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Buzzell Planitia for a feature on Titan. For more information, see Titan's South Pole map and the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Features on the Moon: Hildegard, Hildegard K, Poincaré E, and Poincaré F

29 February 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on the Moon: Hildegard, Hildegard K, Poincare E, and Poincare F. The name Hildegard K replaced the name Pikel'ner K, when the name Hildegard was approved for the larger crater in which Hildegard K is… Read More