Astrogeology Science Center

Martian Crater Named Lucaya

30 January 2013

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

Names Approved for Nine Craters on Mercury

15 March 2013

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved new names for nine craters on Mercury: Alver, Donelaitis, Flaiano, Hurley, L'Engle, Lovecraft, Pahinui, PetÅ‘fi, and Roerich. For more information, see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names for Five Colles and One Patera on Titan

19 December 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five colles on Titan (Arwen Colles, Bilbo Colles, Faramir Colles, Handir Colles, and Nimloth Colles). The feature formerly called Sotra Facula has been changed to Sotra Patera. For more information, see this image… Read More

New Names for Six Features on Mars

26 November 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for six features on Mars: Camichel, Dukhan, Kolonga, Liberta, Sibut, and Okavango Valles. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Fifteen New Names for Vesta

21 November 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for eleven craters, two catenae, one dorsum, and one tholus on Vesta (Albana, Domna, Eumachia, Eutropia, Fonteia, Galeria, Mamilia, Myia, Paulina, Pomponia, Torquata, Albalonga Catena, Robigalia Catena, Lavinium Dorsum, and… Read More

Eight New Names for Titan Surface Features

13 November 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for seven montes and one fluctus on Titan (Mohini Fluctus, Doom Mons, Erebor Mons, Irensaga Montes, Mindolluin Montes, Misty Montes, Mithrim Montes, and Taniquetil Montes). For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of… Read More

New Names for Five Paterae and One Cavus on Mars

29 October 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for five paterae and one cavus on Mars: Eden Patera, Euphrates Patera, Ismenia Patera, Oxus Patera, Oxus Cavus, and Siloe Patera. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Name for a Small Vallis on Mars

26 September 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Peace Vallis for a small valley near the Mars Science Laboratory landing site in Gale crater. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Two Features on Mars

18 September 2012

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved names for two features on Mars: Candor Colles and Ceti Labes. For more information, see the IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Mercury Crater Named Chesterton

17 September 2012

The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature has approved the name Chesterton for the crater on Mercury located at 88.3N, 134.5W. For details, see the map of Mercury quadrangle H-1 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.