Macula, Maculae

  • Henrik HargitaiEmail author
Living reference work entry

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Dark spot, may be irregular (Wayman 1979; IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Origin of Term

Dark spot, stain, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Added in 1979 to name newly discovered features on Europa.

See Also


  1. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.
  2. Wayman P (ed) (1979) Proceedings of the 17th general assembly. Transactions of the IAU, XVII B. D. Reidel Publishing Company Dordrecht, HollandGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

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