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Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature

Basic Info

Feature Name Zhinyu
Clean Name Zhinyu
Feature ID 15782
Target Moon
Feature Type Crater, craters


LOLA 2011
Coordinate System Planetographic, +East, -180 - 180
Northmost Latitude -45.27 °
Southmost Latitude -45.40 °
Eastmost Longitude 176.24 °
Westmost Longitude 176.06 °
Diameter 3.80 km
Center Latitude -45.34 °
Center Longitude 176.15 °
Quad LAC-119 [pdf]

Status and Origin

Approval Status Adopted by IAU
Approval Date Feb 04, 2019
Continent Asia
Culture China
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.”
Reference [499] - XinhuaNet: China Focus: Love in the air as Chinese celebrate Qixi;
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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