Astrogeology Science Center

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.

Six New Names on Mars

14 December 2006

The following names have been approved for Mars: Chaman, Eilat, Henry Moore, Pau, Vernal, and Wynn-Williams. For more information about these names and to see images that show their locations, please visit the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Phobos

4 December 2006

Eight new names for craters on Phobos have been approved by the IAU. The names are Clustril, Drunlo, Flimnap, Grildrig, Gulliver, Limtoc, Reldresal, and Skyresh. For more information about these feature names, please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Map Showing Enceladus Names

28 November 2006

A new map of Enceladus showing all IAU-approved names has been posted on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Enceladus

13 November 2006

The following names have been approved for use on Enceladus: Al-Bakbuk, Al-Fakik, Al-Haddar, Al-Kuz, Al-Mustazi, Ayyub, Aziz, Behram, Fitnah, Ghanim, Hassan, Jansha, Khusrau, Marjanah, Omar, Otbah, Rayya, Shakashik, Sharrkan, Shirin, Zumurrud, Cufa Dorsa, Ebony Dorsum, Anbar Fossae, Khorasan Fossa,… Read More

New Names for Uranus Rings

13 November 2006

The following names have been approved for rings of Uranus:Mu (for R/2003 U 1)Nu (for R/2003 U 2)Lambda (for 1986 U1R)For more information, see the page that describes ring and ring gap nomenclature at the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site.