Astrogeology Science Center

New Name Descriptor Term and Theme Approved for Use on Titan

4 August 2009

The descripter term planitia has been approved for use on Titan with the theme "Names of planets from the Dune series of science fiction novels by American author Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)." The first planitia name on Titan has also been approved; Chusuk Planitia is located at 5.0S, 23.5W. For… Read More

Nine New Ring Gap Names Approved for Saturns Ring System

9 February 2009

The following names have been approved for gaps in Saturn's ring system: Bond Gap, Dawes Gap, Herschel Gap, Russell Gap, Jeffreys Gap, Kuiper Gap, Laplace Gap, Bessel Gap, and Barnard Gap. See the "Ring and Ring Gap Nomenclature" page in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Five New Names Approved for Titan Surface Features

2 March 2007

The following five names have been approved for use on Titan: Ara Fluctus, Leilah Fluctus, Rohe Fluctus, Winia Fluctus, and Polelya Macula. See the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information and an image that shows the locations of these features.

Four New Crater Names Approved for use on Mars

1 July 2008

The names Corinto, Naryn, Thila, and Wiltz have been approved for four craters on Mars. Please see the list of Martian crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature for more information.

Six New Names Approved for Venus Surface Features

4 September 2009

Six new names have been approved for use on Venus: Fulgora Dorsa, Heloha Fluctus, Sarasvati Mons, Akka Tholus, Eirene Tholus, and Yansa Tholus. All six of these features can be seen on the Venus map V-1. For more information, see the list of Venus feature names in the Gazetteer of Planetary… Read More

New Name Chryse Chaos and New Boundaries for Simud Valles on Mars

31 March 2008

The IAU has approved a new name for a chaos feature, and defined new coordinates for a valles on Mars.The name Chryse Chaos has been approved for the chaos feature located at 10.4N, 36.7W. The name Simud Vallis has been changed to the plural form of the descriptor term, Simud Valles, and the… Read More

Euclides D Reinstated for Lunar Crater Formerly Named Eppinger

13 July 2009

The name Euclides D has been officially reinstated for the lunar crater formerly named Eppinger. The 6 km crater is located at 9.4S, 25.7W, on lunar map LAC 76. For more information, see the list of satellite features (lettered craters) in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Two New Crater Names Approved for Earths Moon

30 October 2008

The names Haworth and Lenard have been approved for the lunar craters located at 86.8S, 4W, and 85.2N, 105W, respectively. For more information, see the list of Moon crater names in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.

Fourteen New Names Approved for Craters and Regiones on Itokawa

18 February 2009

The names Catalina, Fuchinobe, Gando, Hammaguira, Kamisunagawa, Kamoi, Komaba, Laurel, Miyabaru, San Marco, Arcoona Regio, LINEAR Regio, Ohsumi Regio, and Yoshinobu Regio have been approved for craters and regiones on Itokawa. For more information, see the list of Itokawa feature names in the… Read More

Three New Saturnian Moon Names and Expansion of Theme

21 September 2007

The IAU has approved names for three more Saturnian moons. They are:Saturn L = S/2006 S 6 JarnsaxaSaturn LI = S/2006 S 4 GreipSaturn LII = S/2007 S 1 TarqeqThe theme for prograde satellites with an inclination of around 48 degrees has been expanded to include Inuit spirits. See the Planet and… Read More