Astrogeology Science Center

Martian Crater Named Domoni

7 March 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Domoni for the Martian crater located at 51.38N, 234.39E. For more information, see the map of MC-2 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for 21 Craters on Vesta

28 February 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved 21 new names for craters on Vesta. For details, see the list of Vesta feature names and the image of Vesta in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mercury Crater Named Stieglitz

28 February 2012

The name Stieglitz has been approved for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see the map of Mercury quadrangle H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two Craters on Mars Named Baucau and Arima

22 February 2012

The names Arima and Baucau have been approved for craters on Mars. For more information, see the map of Mars quadrangle MC-18 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Venus Nomenclature Changes

9 February 2011

Detailed geologic mapping has revealed the need to change the approved nomenclature for four features on Venus. In quadrangle V-1, Szél-anya Dorsa has been changed to Szél-anya Lineae, and Tezan Dorsa has been changed to Tezan Lineae. In quadrangle V-6, the names Lorelei and… Read More

Two New Names Approved for Craters on Titan

23 December 2011

The names Hano and Momoy have been approved for craters on Titan. For more information, see the Titan page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Three New Names for Features on Mars and Changes to an Approved Name

14 June 2011

The names Lipany, Oenotria Plana, and Zarqa Valles have been approved for use on Mars. The name Oenotria Scopulus has been changed to the plural form, Oenotria Scopuli, to accomodate the addition of several scarps to this feature. For more information, see the maps of MC-13 and MC-21 in the… Read More

Three New Lacus Names Approved on Titan

7 April 2011

Three new lacus names (Cardiel Lacus, Freeman Lacus, and Towada Lacus) have been approved for use on Titan. For more information, see the Titan page and the map of the north polar region of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Themes Approved for Asteroid 21 Lutetia

1 March 2011

The following themes have been approved for naming surface features on asteroid (21) Lutetia: Craters: Cities of the Roman Empire and the adjacent parts of Europe at the time of Lutetia (52 BC - 360 AD) Regiones: Discoverer of Lutetia, and provinces of the Roman Empire at the time of Lutetia Other… Read More

Sixteen New Names Approved on Dione

25 February 2011

New names for 13 craters and 3 fossae have been approved for Dione. For more information, see the Dione page and the map of Dione in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.