[Lenticula, Lenticulae]

  • Henrik HargitaiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_218-2

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Small dark spots on Europa (IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Origin of Term

Lens: lentil, Latin; lenticula (dim.) small lentil.

History of Nomenclature

Although the term was approved (Andersen 1997, p. 232), no surface feature have been assigned this term.

See Also


  1. Andersen J (1997) Proceedings of the 23rd general assembly. Transactions of the IAU, vol XXIII B. D. Reidel, DordrechtGoogle Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetter of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature. http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Science Research GroupEötvös Loránd University, Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesBudapestHungary