Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature


Thu, Apr 2nd, 2009 08:12 by capnasty NEWS

When we were still finding planets, the body in charge of naming celestial objects was the International Astronomical Union (IAU). If an astronomer discovers an object, or wants to name a surface feature, they can submit a suggestion to the IAU. The IAU then can either approve it or suggests a different name. Since it appears that there are no undiscovered planets, the IAU focuses on the naming of moons, surface features, asteroids, and comets.



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