Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Zhinyu on Moon


Feature Name Zhinyu
Clean Name Zhinyu
Feature ID 15782
Target Moon
Feature Type Crater, craters
Coordinate System Planetographic, +East, -180 - 180
Control Network LOLA 2011
Northernmost Latitude -45.27 °
Southernmost Latitude -45.40 °
Easternmost Longitude 176.24 °
Westernmost Longitude 176.06 °
Diameter 3.80 km
Center Latitude -45.34 °
Center Longitude 176.15 °
Continent Asia
Group or Country
Quad LAC-119 [pdf]
Reference [499] - XinhuaNet: China Focus: Love in the air as Chinese celebrate Qixi;
Approval Status Adopted by IAU
Approval Date Feb 04, 2019
Origin Constellation name in the ancient Chinese star map, and the name of the fairy in the Chinese folk tale “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl.”
Last Updated Feb 04, 2019 5:47 PM
Additional Information Zhinyu is an alternative form of Zhinü in Chinese pinyin (or Chinese phonetic alphabet) for the convenience of romanization. “The Chinese phonetic alphabet spelling rules for Chinese names”, a Chinese national standard published in 2011 (This standard has a Chinese and English title, but the content is in Chinese), regulates that the character “ü” can be replaced by “yu” in some occasion, such as passport, foreign language files, etc. So the spelling of “Zhinyu” is more official or modern for western people, and the spelling of “Zhinü” is more original and widely-used for Chinese people. The Chang'e-4 mission team requested the spelling "Zhinyu".

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