Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved for Feature on Mercury: Heaney

21 March 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Heaney for a crater on Mercury. For more information, see Mercury map H-13 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Mars: Tarq

17 March 2017

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

Names, Theme, and Boundary Change Approved for Mercury

15 March 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved an expanded boundary for Borealis Planitia, and the following new names for use on Mercury: Turms Planitia, Otaared Planitia, Apārangi Planitia, Sihtu Planitia, Papsukkal Planitia, Catuilla Planum, Stilbon Planitia, Mearcair… Read More

Names Approved for Seven Labyrinthi on Titan

9 March 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven features on Titan: Naraj Labyrinthus, Palma Labyrinthus, Muritan Labyrinthus, Gansireed Labyrinthus, Gammu Labyrinthus, Lampadas Labyrinthus, and Lernaeus Labyrinthus. For more information, see the Titan global and… Read More

Names Approved for Eight Labyrinthi on Titan

2 March 2017

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eight features on Titan: Tleilax Labyrinthus, Anbus Labyrinthus, Kronin Labyrinthus, Grumman Labyrinthus, Lankiveil Labyrinthus, Junction Labyrinthus, Gamont Labyrinthus, and Ginaz Labyrinthus. For more information, see… Read More

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.