Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for Uranian Ring

2 April 2007

The name Zeta has been approved for Uranus ring 1986 U2R. For more information, see the page that describes ring nomenclature in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Satellite Names Approved

29 March 2007

Thirteen names for saturnian sateliites (Aegir, Bebhionn, Bergelmir, Bestla, Farbauti, Fenrir, Fornjot, Hati, Hyrokkin, Kari, Loge, Skoll, and Surtur) and one name for a jovian satellite (Kore) have been approved by the IAU WGPSN. For more information, see the page that describes Planet and… Read More

New Approval Status Code

27 March 2007

A new approval status code has been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature to distinguish 45 lunar names that are listed in the gazetteer, but were never officially approved by the IAU. The approval status code for these names is 7, and the names are shown in brown type and in… Read More

New Phobos Maps

13 March 2007

Two new maps of Phobos showing named features have been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. One map is a global view in cylindrical projection, and the other shows north and south hemispherical views.

New Name Approved for Use on Venus

6 March 2007

The Name Kono Mons has been approved for the Venusian feature located at 19.5N, 268.0E on Venus quadrangle V-28. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Five New Names Approved for Titan Surface Features

2 March 2007

The following five names have been approved for use on Titan: Ara Fluctus, Leilah Fluctus, Rohe Fluctus, Winia Fluctus, and Polelya Macula. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information and an image that shows the locations of these features.

New Name for Martian Crater

7 February 2007

The name Louth has been approved for the martian crater located at 70.2N, 256.88W. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Furachoga Corona Dropped

5 February 2007

Detailed geologic mapping has revealed that Furachoga Corona on Venus is a deformation belt rather than a corona. This name, which was approved in 1997, has been dropped and is no longer in use.

Phobos Images with Names

29 January 2007

The Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature now contains images showing the recently approved names on Phobos.

New Names Approved for Four Satellites of Neptune

29 January 2007

The following names have been approved for four satellites of Neptune:Neptune IX (Halimede)Neptune XI (Sao)Neptune XII (Laomedeia)Neptune XIII (Neso)More information about these names can be found on the Planet and Satellite Names and Discoverers page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.