Astrogeology Science Center

Twelve New Names and a New Theme for Fossae Approved for Use on Mercury

9 April 2008

The following new names have been approved by the IAU for use on Mercury.Craters: Apollodorus, Atget, Cunningham, Eminescu, Kertész, Neruda, Raditladi, Sander, Sveinsdóttir, Xiao ZhaoRupes: Beagle RupesFossae: Pantheon FossaeThe newly approved theme for fossae on Mercury is… Read More

New Name Chryse Chaos and New Boundaries for Simud Valles on Mars

31 March 2008

The IAU has approved a new name for a chaos feature, and defined new coordinates for a valles on Mars.The name Chryse Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 10.4N, 36.7W. The name Simud Vallis has been changed to the plural form of the descriptor term, Simud Valles, and the… Read More

New Names Approved for Dione

18 March 2008

The IAU has approved 45 new names for surface features on Dione, including 34 craters, 3 catenae, 3 chasmata, 1 dorsa, and 4 fossae. Please see the list of Dione names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.The following five changes to existing names were also… Read More

New Corona Name Approved for Venus

14 March 2008

The name Minona Corona has been approved for the corona located at 23.5N, 218.5E. Please see the list of Venus feature names and the map of Venus quadrangle V-27 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Three New Crater Names Approved on Mars

26 February 2008

The names Phedra, Tavua, and Zaranj have been approved for small Martian craters. Please see the list of Martian crater names and the map of MC-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

New Crater Name Approved on Titan

15 February 2008

A crater on Titan located at 7.0N, 199.0W has been named Selk for the Egyptian goddess of knowledge, writing, education, and reptiles. See the Titan list of craters and images in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

New Crater Name on Dione

13 February 2008

The name Camilla has been approved for a crater (4.41S, 60.0W, 31.2 km) on Dione. Please see the list of craters on Dione in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Encke Division Changed to Encke Gap

6 February 2008

The name Encke Division, part of Saturn's ring nomenclature, has been changed to Encke Gap in order to conform to the definiton of divisions and gaps recently posted on the Ring and Ring Gap Nomenclature page of the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Five New Crater Names Approved on Mars

22 January 2008

Five new names (Coimbra, Kalocsa, Mellit, Naruko, and Penticton) have been approved for craters on Mars. Please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for details.

Martian Crater Named Capen

2 January 2008

A 70 km crater on Mars, located at 6.57N, 345.73W, has been named for the American astronomer Charles F. Capen. Please see the map of MC-12 and the list of Martian feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.