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IAU nomenclature for albedo features on the planet MercuryThe International Astronomical Union has endorsed a nomenclature for the albedo features on Mercury. Designations are based upon the mythological names related to the god Hermes; they are expressed in Latin form. The dark-hued albedo features are associated with the generic term Solitudo. The light-hued areas are designated by a single name without generic term. The 32 names adopted are allocated on the Mercury map.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Dollfus, A.
(Paris, Observatoire, Meudon Hauts-de-Seine, France)
Chapman, C. R.
(Planetary Science Institute Tucson, Ariz., United States)
Davies, M. E.
(Rand Corp. Santa Monica, Calif., United States)
Gingerich, O.
(Harvard College Observatory and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge Mass., United States)
Goldstein, R.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif., United States)
Guest, J.
(London, University Observatory, London, United Kingdom)
Morrison, D.
(Observatoire de Paris-Meudon France)
Smith, B. A.
(Arizona, University Tucson, Ariz., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1978
Publication Information
Publication: Icarus
Volume: 34
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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