Astrogeology Science Center

New Naming Method Approved for Use on Mars

16 October 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved a new naming method for groups of smaller features within a larger named feature. In such cases the normal naming convention shall be suspended and instead their names shall be chosen so that they bear a mnemonic relationship to the… Read More

Seven New Names Approved for Paterae on Mars

16 October 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven features on Mars: Olympus Paterae, Apollo Patera, Athena Patera, Dionysus Patera, Hermes Patera, Hera Patera, and Zeus Patera. For more information, see the map of MC-9 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names for Pluto

21 September 2017

The first fourteen names approved for use on Pluto by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature, have been added to the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. The features are Tombaugh Regio, Sputnik Planitia, Tenzing Montes, Hillary Montes, Al-Idrisi Montes, Djanggawul Fossae, Sleipnir… Read More

Five Names Approved for Titan: Salusa, Niushe, Harmonthep, Corrin, and Ochumare

15 September 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved five names on Titan: Salusa Labyrinthus, Niushe Labyrinthus, Harmonthep Labyrinthus, Corrin Labyrinthus, and Ochumare Regio. For more information, see the map of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Thirteen Craters Approved for Ceres

28 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for thirteen craters on Ceres: Jumis, Sedana, Peko, Halki, Telepinu, Kaneki, Kokopelli, Emesh, Xevioso, Nunghui, Thrud, Jacheongbi, and Ratumaibulu. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Two Names Approved for Titan: Giedi Planitia and Tsiipiya Terra

24 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Titan: Giedi Planitia and Tsiipiya Terra. For more information, see the map of Titan in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Venus

23 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Annabelle for a crater on Venus. For more information, see Venus map V-41, in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Twelve Names Approved for Ceres

12 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for twelve craters on Ceres: Mlezi, Cachimana, Binayo, Bilwis, Dikhan, Zatik, Enkimdu, Damia, Shennong, Axomama, Inkosazana, and Kahukura. For more information, see the map of Ceres in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Fourteen New Lacus Names Approved for Titan

8 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for fourteen features on Titan: Zub Lacus, Grasmere Lacus, Hlawga Lacus, Fogo Lacus , Letas Lacus, Balaton Lacus, Xolotlan Lacus, Karakul Lacus, Akmena Lacus, Brienz Lacus, Trichonida Lacus, Qinghai Lacus, Synevyr Lacus, and… Read More

Names Approved for Three Craters on Mercury: Anguissola, Anyte, and Vonnegut

4 August 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the names Anguissola, Anyte, and Vonnegut for three craters on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.