Astrogeology Science Center

New Names for Phobos

4 December 2006

Eight new names for craters on Phobos have been approved by the IAU. The names are Clustril, Drunlo, Flimnap, Grildrig, Gulliver, Limtoc, Reldresal, and Skyresh. For more information about these feature names, please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Map Showing Enceladus Names

28 November 2006

A new map of Enceladus showing all IAU-approved names has been posted on the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

New Names for Enceladus

13 November 2006

The following names have been approved for use on Enceladus: Al-Bakbuk, Al-Fakik, Al-Haddar, Al-Kuz, Al-Mustazi, Ayyub, Aziz, Behram, Fitnah, Ghanim, Hassan, Jansha, Khusrau, Marjanah, Omar, Otbah, Rayya, Shakashik, Sharrkan, Shirin, Zumurrud, Cufa Dorsa, Ebony Dorsum, Anbar Fossae, Khorasan Fossa,… Read More

New Names for Uranus Rings

13 November 2006

The following names have been approved for rings of Uranus:Mu (for R/2003 U 1)Nu (for R/2003 U 2)Lambda (for 1986 U1R)For more information, see the page that describes ring and ring gap nomenclature at the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature web site.

New Names Approved for Venus

25 September 2006

Names for seven coronae and one tholus have been approved by the IAU for use on Venus. The names are Anjea Corona, Durga Corona, Hutash Corona, Ikas Coronae, Orbona Corona, Partula Corona, Parvati Corona, and Ezili Tholus. Please see the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Names Approved for 31 Craters on Mars

20 September 2006

The following names for 31 craters on Mars have been approved by the IAU: Ada, Alamos, Beruri, Bopolu, Cefal, Chupadero, Dulovo, Elorza, Grindavik, Hargraves, Hashir, Iazu, Jrn, Kontum, Lismore, Makhambet, Martin, Mazamba, Nakusp, Ohara, Pebas, Runanga, Sefadu, Shardi, Soffen, Taytay, Uzer, Woking,… Read More

New Names on Mars

14 September 2006

Five new names have been approved for Mars: Angustus Labyrinthus, Chronius Mons, Promethei Mons, Sisyphi Tholus, and Thyles Montes. The names Australis Patera, Angusta Patera, and Cavi Frigores have been marked as dropped in the database. New imagery has shown that the two paterae were named using… Read More

Dwarf Planet 2003 UB313 named Eris

14 September 2006

The International Astronomical Union has approved the name Eris for the largest known dwarf planet (see CBAT Circular 8747). Eris is the Greek goddess of chaos and strife; she created a quarrel among goddesses that led to the Trojan War. This name could be considered quite fitting for the body that… Read More

No More Provisional Names

6 September 2006

There has been an important change in the approval process for planetary feature names; the designation of "provisional nomenclature" is no longer used. As soon as the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) has successfully reviewed a name, it is considered approved and… Read More

Provisional Names Approved

30 August 2006

All of the names that have been provisionally approved by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature over the past three years were fully approved by the IAU at the General Assembly in Prague last week. The codes in the 'approval status' field for these names have been changed from '3'… Read More