Astrogeology Science Center

Themes Approved for the Pluto System

27 February 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved revised themes for Pluto and Charon. Themes for the four smaller moons, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra remain unchanged. For more information, see the Categories page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature or the IAU press… Read More

Names Approved for Four Features on Mars: Sibiti, Nia Chaos, Baetis Labēs, and Chrysas Mensa

2 February 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for four features on Mars: Sibiti, Nia Chaos, Baetis Labēs, and Chrysas Mensa. For more information, see the map for MC-18 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Andapa

19 January 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Andapa for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Changed on Ceres

7 December 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Yamor Mons to replace the name Ysolo Mons on Ceres. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Ubud

29 November 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Ubud for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-19 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Bright Spots on Ceres

26 November 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Cerealia Facula and Vinalia Faculae for bright spots on Ceres. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Avan

15 November 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Avan for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map of MC-18 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Krupac

28 October 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Krupac for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Ruhea

18 October 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Ruhea for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-29 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Taltal

20 September 2016

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Taltal for a crater on Mars. For more information, see the map for MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.