Astrogeology Science Center

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.

Division Named in Saturn's Ring System

26 December 2007

The name Roche Division has been approved for the division between Saturn's A and F rings. See the ring nomenclature page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Division Named in Saturns Ring System

26 December 2007

The name Roche Division has been approved for the division between Saturn's A and F rings. See the ring nomenclature page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Large Crater on Mars Named Miyamoto

18 December 2007

A 160 km crater on Mars has been named for Shotaro Miyamoto, a Japanese astronomer who made many important observations of Mars. The crater is located at 2.9S, 7.0W and can be seen on map MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Spelling of Saturn XXVIII

17 December 2007

The spelling of the saturnian satellite Erriapo has been changed from the dative to the nominative case: Erriapus.

Martian Patera Name Dropped

7 December 2007

The name Diacria Patera has been officially dropped. The name was originally approved in 1985 for a circular feature located at 34.9N, 132.6W, but higher resolution imagery later revealed that the feature is not a patera.