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Planetary Society asteroid hunter snags picture of interstellar visitor ╩╗Oumuamua

Jason Davis • November 07, 2017 • 3

Asteroid hunters named the first-known interstellar asteroid ╩╗Oumuamua as a nod to its scout-like traits.

New Hills, Old Secrets

Bill Dunford • February 10, 2014 • 1

Exploring a set of newly named hills on Mars reveals tantalizing clues to the planet's story.

Asteroid Minerva finds its magical weapons in the sky

Franck Marchis • December 26, 2013

The International Astronomical Union has chosen the names Aegis and Gorgoneion for the two moons of the asteroid (93) Minerva. We decided to crowd-source the names, catching the attention of the public. Over the following year, I received a lot of emails with suggestions

Martian Maps: the North Pole

Bill Dunford • November 20, 2013 • 2

The polar plains, charted in unprecedented detail.

A Map of the Evening Star

Bill Dunford • August 20, 2013 • 7

Beautiful maps of a mysterious place.

New names for Pluto's little moons Kerberos and Styx; and a new moon for Neptune

Emily Lakdawalla • July 15, 2013 • 5

Pluto's moons, formerly known as "P4" and "P5," are now named Kerberos and Styx; I thought I'd help place them into context with a little help from Cassini. Also, Neptune now has a 14th known moon.

The Shores of the Kraken Sea: Great Place Names in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 28, 2013 • 9

Nothing reflects the romance of deep space exploration more than the evocative names of places on the planets and moons.

Saving the Planet can be Exciting!

Mat Kaplan • May 07, 2013

Planetary Radio for the week of May 6 visits the Planetary Defense Conference one last time to join a "tabletop" simulation of a killer asteroid threat.

We have a winner! The OSIRIS-REx asteroid's name is: Bennu!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 01, 2013

We received more than 8000 entries from all over the world in the Name That Asteroid contest, and we can finally announce the winner. The asteroid formerly known as 1999 RQ36 is now formally named (101955) Bennu, for a heron associated with the Egyptian god Osiris.

Place names on Lutetia

Emily Lakdawalla • April 26, 2011

Whenever we explore someplace new -- a new island, a new continent, a new cave, a new world -- there's a necessary activity that explorers must perform before they can sensibly tell the world about their discoveries: name things.

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