Astrogeology Science Center

Three New Names Approved for Features on Titan

5 April 2010

The names Arrakis Planitia, Polaznik Macula, and Uanui Virgae have been approved for features on Titan. For more information, see the list of Titan surface features and the map of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Lacus Name on Titan

29 March 2010

The name Jingpo Lacus has been approved for the feature located at 73N, 336W. For more information, see the list of Titan surface features and the map of the north polar region of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Oyama

26 March 2010

The name Oyama has been approved for the Martian crater located at 23.66N, 20.17W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names and the map of MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Crater on Mercury

18 March 2010

The name Rachmaninoff has been approved for the crater on Mercury located at 27.6N, 302.4W. For more information, see the list of Mercury crater names and the map of this region of Mercury in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two New Martian Crater Names Approved

4 March 2010

Two new names have been approved for Martian craters: Cankuzo and Luqa. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Ten New Names Approved for Mercury Craters

3 March 2010

The following names have been approved for craters on Mercury: Bek, Copland, Debussy, Dominici, Firdousi, Geddes, Hokusai, Kipling, Picasso, and Steichen. For more information, see the list of Mercury crater names and the Mercury nomenclature maps in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Ten New Names Approved for Enceladus Features

5 February 2010

The following new names have been approved by the IAU for sulci and fossae on Enceladus: Al-Medinah Sulci, Al-Yaman Sulci, Andal's Sulci, Bulak Sulcus, Makran Sulci, Misr Sulci, Shiraz Sulcus, Sind Sulci, Bishangarh Fossae, and Kaukabán Fossae. For more information, see the list of Enceladus… Read More

Martian Crater Named Kibuye

12 January 2010

The name Kibuye has been approved for the Martian crater located at 29.13S, 178.29W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Valley System Named Tigre Valles

12 January 2010

The name Tigre Valles has been approved for the Martian valley system located at 12S, 37W. For more information, see the database information and the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Labyrinthus Name on Titan

6 January 2010

The descriptor term labyrinthus has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of Planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920-1986)." The name Sikun Labyrinthus has been approved for the feature located at 78S, 29W. For more information,… Read More