Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Corona, Coronae

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_68

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Ovoid-shaped feature (Swings 1986, p. 339; IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Previous Definition

Large circular features (Burba 1990).

Origin of Term

Corona, wreath, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Introduced in 1985, after Venera 15/16 detailed images of Venus were received (Burba 1990).

See Also


  1. Burba GA (1990) Names on the maps of Venus – a pre-Magellan review. Earth Moon Planet 50–51:541–558CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN). http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/
  3. Swings J-P (ed) (1986) Proceedings of the 19th general assembly. Transactions of the IAU, vol XIX B. Association of University for Research in AstronomyGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA