Name Approved for Mars Feature: Peneus Mensa

9 February 2021

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Peneus Mensa for a feature on Mars. For more information, please see the MC-27 map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. 

Ten Names Approved for Pluto

4 February 2021

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved ten new names for features on Pluto: Edgeworth, Oort, Beatrice Fossa, Dumuzi Fossa, Inanna Fossa, Zheng He Montes, Ranger Planitia, Lunokhod Planitia, Pioneer Terra, and Viking Terra. For more information, please see the Pluto map… Read More

Names Approved on Mercury: Chikyu Rupes, Investigator Rupes, and Alpha Crucis Rupes

2 February 2021

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for three features on Mercury: Chikyu Rupes, Investigator Rupes, and Alpha Crucis Rupes. For more information, see the Mercury maps H-13 and H-09 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Easley

2 February 2021

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Easley for a small lunar crater. For more information, see the LAC-99 map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Lunar Crater: Tooley

2 February 2021

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Tooley for a lunar crater. The name was approved on November 19, 2020. For more information, see the lunar map LAC-144 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Mercury Crater: Berry

8 October 2020

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Berry for a crater on Mercury. For more information, please see the Mercury map H-01 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Charon: McCaffrey Dorsum and Cora

13 August 2020

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved two new names for Charon: McCaffrey Dorsum and Cora, a crater.

Names Approved for Pluto: Hardaway, Zagar, and Pulfrich

13 August 2020

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved three new names for craters on Pluto: Hardaway, Zagar, and Pulfrich. 

Name Approved for Ceres: Homowo Regio

5 August 2020

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Homowo Regio for a feature on Ceres. See the feature page for Homowo Regio in the Gazetteer of Planetary System Nomenclature for more information. 

Twelve New Names Approved For Bennu

30 March 2020

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved twelve new names for rocks on the asteroid Bennu, the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission. The new names are Thorondor Saxum, Dodo Saxum, Odette Saxum, Odile Saxum, Camulatz Saxum, Kongamato… Read More