Astrogeology Science Center

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.

New Names for Two Small Craters on Venus

3 November 2009

Two new names have been approved for small craters on Venus: Alina and Amelia. For more information, see the list of Venus crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Six New Names Approved for Venus Surface Features

4 September 2009

Six new names have been approved for use on Venus: Fulgora Dorsa, Heloha Fluctus, Sarasvati Mons, Akka Tholus, Eirene Tholus, and Yansa Tholus. All six of these features can be seen on the Venus map V-1. For more information, see the list of Venus feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Two New Names Approved for Martian Features

6 August 2009

Two new names have been approved for use on Mars. The name Gasa has been applied to a small crater located at 35.68S, 230.72W (see the MC-29 map), and the name Ismenius Cavus has been approved for the feature at 33.84N, 343.0W (see the MC-5 map). For more information, see the list of Martian… Read More

New Name Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

4 August 2009

The descripter term planitia 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 first planitia name on Titan has also been approved; Chusuk Planitia is located at 5.0S, 23.5W. For… Read More

Euclides D Reinstated for Lunar Crater Formerly Named Eppinger

13 July 2009

The name Euclides D has been officially reinstated for the lunar crater formerly named Eppinger. The 6 km crater is located at 9.4S, 25.7W, on lunar map LAC 76. For more information, see the list of satellite features (lettered craters) in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Sixteen Names Approved for Craters on Mercury

9 July 2009

The following names have been approved for craters on Mercury: Abedin, Benoit, Berkel, Calvino, de Graft, Derain, Eastman, Gibran, Hemingway, Hodgkins, Izquierdo, Kunisada, Lange, Matabei, Munk芍csy, and To Ngoc Van. For more information, see the list of Mercury crater names in the Gazetteer… Read More

New Name Approved for a Mons on Mars

6 July 2009

The name Syria Mons has been approved for the Martian mons located at 13.9S, 104.3W. For more information, see the list of Martian mons names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.