Astrogeology Science Center

Name Approved For Feature on Mars: Aeolis Chaos

13 June 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Aeolis Chaos for a feature on Mars. For more information, see Mars map MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Five Names Approved for Craters on Mars

1 June 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for five craters on Mars: McCauley, Batson, Jori, Nako, and Salkhad. For more information, see Mars map MC-21 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Hekla Cavus

30 May 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Hekla Cavus for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the map of Pluto in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Three Faculae on Mercury

1 May 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for three features on Mercury: Gata Facula, Nakahi Facula, and Amaru Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-14 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Feature on Pluto: Baret Montes

26 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Baret Montes for a feature on Pluto. For more information, see the map of Pluto in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Oituz

23 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Oituz for a small crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-11 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Names Approved for Six Faculae on Mercury

16 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for six faculae on Mercury: Bibilava Faculae, Ejo Faculae, Ibab Facula, Inyoka Faculae, Maciji Facula, and Nzoka Facula. For more information, see Mercury map H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

First Names Approved for Charon

12 April 2018

The first twelve names have been approved for use on Charon by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. The feature names are: Argo Chasma, Caleuche Chasma, Mandjet Chasma, Butler Mons, Kubrick Mons, Clarke Montes, Dorothy, Nasreddin, Nemo, Pirx, Revati, and Sadko. For more… Read More

Names Approved for Seven Faculae on Mercury

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved names for seven faculae on Mercury: Abeeso Facula, Agwo Facula, Nathair Facula, Neidr Facula, Suge Facula, Thueban Facula, and Slang Faculae. For more information, see Mercury maps H-3, H-4, H-5, and H-8 in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

Name Approved for Crater on Mars: Garu

6 April 2018

The IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature approved the name Garu for a crater on Mars. For more information, see MC-23 in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.