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Lunar Nomenclature

History and Documents

The second person who made a map of the Moon used different names than the first person did. Since then there has been a constant struggle to devise and maintain lunar nomenclature systems that are consistent and unambiguous. We collect here many of the basic documents concerning the history of lunar nomenclature. Additionally, on each wiki page we attempt to provide information for each named feature.

Table of Contents

[#Lunar Nomenclature Lunar Nomenclature]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-IAU Planetary Gazetteer IAU Planetary Gazetteer]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-IAU nomenclature IAU nomenclature]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Major Maps and Books Major Maps and Books]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-IAU Names Chronology IAU Names Chronology]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Excerpts from Transactions of the IAU Excerpts from Transactions of the IAU]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-A Nomenclature Zoo A Nomenclature Zoo]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Nomenclature Lists Nomenclature Lists]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Invalid NASA Names Invalid NASA Names]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Landing Sites Landing Sites]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-IAU Name Origins IAU Name Origins]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-LPOD Articles LPOD Articles]
[#Lunar Nomenclature-Bibliography Bibliography]

[/IAU%20Planetary%20Gazetteer IAU Planetary Gazetteer]

[/IAU%20nomenclature IAU nomenclature]

  • [/Satellite%20feature Satellite feature]
  • [/Minor%20feature Minor feature]
  • [/Landing%20site%20name Landing site name]

Major Maps and Books

Primary References Affecting IAU Nomenclature
1647: [/Johannes%20Hevelius Hevelius]
1651: [/Riccioli Riccioli]
1775: [/Tobias%20Mayer Tobias Mayer]
1791, 1802: [/Johann%20Schr%C3%B6ter Schröter]
1834: [/Beer%20and%20M%C3%A4dler Beer and Mädler]
1876: [/Neison%2C%201876 Neison]
1878: [/Julius%20Schmidt Schmidt]
1913: [/Collated%20List Collated List]
1935: [/Blagg%20and%20M%C3%BCller Blagg and Müller]
1938: [/Who%27s%20Who%20in%20the%20Moon Who's Who in the Moon]
1960-67: [/LAC LAC] maps
1962-6: [/System%20of%20Lunar%20Craters System of Lunar Craters]
1963: [/Rectified%20Lunar%20Atlas Rectified Lunar Atlas]
1970s: [/LTO LTO] maps
1982: [/NASA%20RP-1097 NASA RP-1097]
1994: [/Gazetteer%20of%20Planetary%20Nomenclature%201994 Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature]
2006: [/USGS%20Digital%20Atlas USGS Digital Atlas]

Other Influential Nomenclature Guides
1895: [/Elger%2C%201895 Elger]
1955: [/Wilkins%20and%20Moore Wilkins and Moore]
1971: [/NASA%20SP-241 NASA SP-241]
1971: [/Bowker%20and%20Hughes Bowker and Hughes]
1990 & 2004: [/R%C3%BCkl Rükl]
2004: [/Clementine%20Atlas Clementine Atlas]

[/IAU%20Names%20Chronology IAU Names Chronology]

[/IAU%20Transactions Excerpts from Transactions of the IAU]

This is a major resource!

[/Nomenclature%20Zoo A Nomenclature Zoo]

Statistics, trivia and odd specimens from the IAU Nomenclature

[/Special%20Features%20Lists#toc2 Nomenclature Lists]

Names sorted by country, gender, religion, errors; unofficial and nicknames

[/Invalid%20Names Invalid NASA Names]

Provisional names on NASA maps that were never adopted by the IAU

[/Landing%20Sites Landing Sites]

Named features at the landing sites for Lunar missions.

[/IAU%20Name%20Origins IAU Name Origins]

Who named the features, and who they intended to honor

  • [/Names%20of%20G.B.Riccioli Names from G.B. Riccioli]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.H.Schroter Names from J.H. Schroter]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.H.Madler Names from J.H. Madler]
  • [/Names%20of%20W.R.Birt%20and%20J.Lee Names from W.R. Birt and J. Lee]
  • [/Names%20of%20E.N.Neison Names from E.N. Neison]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.F.J.Schmidt Names from J.F.J. Schmidt]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.N.Krieger%20and%20R.Konig Names from J.N. Krieger and R. Konig]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.H.Franz Names from J.H. Franz]
  • [/Names%20of%20J.P.H.Fauth Names from J.P.H. Fauth and E. Debes]
  • [/Names%20of%20Felix%20Chemla%20Lam%C3%A8ch Names from F.C. Lamech]
  • [/Unofficial%20Names%20of%20Hugh%20Percy%20Wilkins Names from H.P. Wilkins] (and Patrick Moore)
  • [/Several%20short%20lists%20of%20lunar%20nomenclature%2C%20by%20a%20variety%20of%20selenographers Names from several other selenographers] (short lists)

LPOD Articles

Nomenclature Constellations
Nomenclature Zoo
One Crater's Nomenclature
A Newer New Map
Greek Letters
Musical Nomenclature
NOT the Source of Lunar Nomenclature
A Nomenclatural Screwup
History of an Eastern Name
Lunar Names

Small Spectacular
Mee Too!
A New/Old Catalog of Lunar Craters
Polar Classic
Who Named that Crater?
Mountains Near the South Pole
Where is Alhazen Alpha?
Ptolemaic Sunset
I Drew a Map so I Get to Add Names!
Restoring Bright Names


Whitaker, 1999: [/Whitaker Mapping and Naming the Moon]

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