planetary nomenclature

New Crater Names Approved for Mercury’s South Pole & More

by David Dickinson March 27, 2013

Move over, Tolkien & Tryggvadóttir. Yesterday, an announcement was made that the International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved proposed names for nine new craters on the planet Mercury. The names honor deceased writers, artists and musicians following the convention established by the IAU for naming features on the innermost world. The announcement comes as NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has completed mapping of […]

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