Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Oituz

23 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Oituz for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Six Faculae on Mercury

16 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Bibilava Faculae, Ejo Faculae, Ibab Facula, Inyoka Faculae, Maciji Facula, and Nzoka Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names Approved for Charon

12 April 2018

The first twelve names have been approved for use on Charon by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. The feature names are: Argo Chasma, Caleuche Chasma, Mandjet Chasma, Butler Mons, Kubrick Mons, Clarke Montes, Dorothy, Nasreddin, Nemo, Pirx, Revati, and Sadko. For more… Read More

Names Approved for Seven Faculae on Mercury

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven faculae on Mercury: Abeeso Facula, Agwo Facula, Nathair Facula, Neidr Facula, Suge Facula, Thueban Facula, and Slang Faculae. For more information, see Mercury maps H-3, H-4, H-5, and H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Garu

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Garu for a crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on the Moon: Hawke

23 March 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Hawke for a crater on the Moon. For more information, see LAC-140 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Titan: Winnipeg Lacus

27 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Winnipeg Lacus for a feature on Titan. For more information, see Titan's North Polar Lakes and Seas map in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Theme Approved for Faculae on Mercury

27 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the theme "word for 'snake' in various languages" for faculae on Mercury. For more information about themes, see the 'Categories' page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Kufstein

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Kufstein for a crater on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-27 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Seven Names Approved for Craters on Mars

20 February 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven craters on Mars: Dechu, Jaisalmer, Kenge, Kilmia, Qara, Topola, and Yelwa. For more information, see Mars maps MC-2, MC-6, MC-8, MC-9, MC-21, MC-22, and MC-24 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.