Astrogeology Science Center

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

Mercury Maps Showing Named Features

6 January 2010

A new set of maps showing all IAU-approved names on Mercury is now available. These maps are based on new mosaics of Mercury, composed of images from the Mariner 10 and MESSENGER missions.

Changes to Venus Nomenclature

9 December 2009

The name Mnemosyne Regio has been dropped, and the name Metis Regio has been changed to Metis Mons. For more information, see the Venus section of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Corona on Venus

9 December 2009

The name Azham Corona has been approved for the corona located at 66.4N, 252.7E. For more information, see the list of Venus corona names and the map of Venus quadrangle V-6 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Matara

30 November 2009

The name Matara has been approved for the martian crater located at 49.62S, 325.48W. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Six Names Approved for Martian Craters

25 November 2009

Six new names have been approved for Martian craters: Horowitz, Kamnik, Kandi, Pursat, Roseau, and Yaren. For more information, see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seventeen New Names Approved for Craters on Enceladus

17 November 2009

The following new names have been approved by the IAU for craters on Enceladus: Ajib, Bahman, Harun, Hisham, Ishak, Ja'afar, Kamar, Kasim, Ma'aruf, Masrur, Morgiana, Mustafa, Parwez, Perizadah, Sabur, Yunan, and Zaynab. For more information, see the list of Enceladus crater names and the… Read More

Jupiter L Named Herse

9 November 2009

The name Herse has been approved for Juipter L. Herse is a daughter of Zeus and divine moon (Selene). For more information, see the "Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers" page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Martian Crater Named Leighton

3 November 2009

The name Leighton has been approved for the martian crater located at 3.0N, 302.3W. For more information, see the list of Martian feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.