[Astrum, Astra]

  • Henrik HargitaiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_8-1

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Radial-patterned features on Venus (IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Origin of Term

Star, constellation; Latin; from astron (star), Greek.

Note: Proposed by AT Basilevsky “for naming radially patterned ‘star-like’ features, usually radial systems of fractures/grooves.” Some of these features were previously named Mons or Corona (Burba et al. 2001).

Note 2: Not yet assigned to any feature.

See Also


  1. Burba GA, Blue J, Campbell DB, Dollfus A, Gaddis L, Jurgens RF, Marov MYA, Pettengill GH, Stofan ER (2001) Topographic feature names on Venus: progress in 2000. Review of 1997–2000 development, current state, and prospective. Lunar Planet Sci Conf XXXII, abstract #2098, HoustonGoogle Scholar
  2. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer 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