Astrogeology Science Center

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

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.