Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN)
Planetary Names: The Moon

Target: The Moon

Every civilization has had a name for the satellite of Earth that is known, in English, as the Moon. The Moon is known as Luna in Italian, Latin, and Spanish, as Lune in French, as Mond in German, and as Selene in Greek.


* The Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature contains the lettered craters on the Moon from NASA Reference Publication 1097, NASA Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature, by Leif E. Andersson and Ewen A. Whitaker, 1982. Some spellings in the NASA 1097 have been changed to match the IAU-approved spellings of the parent craters.

Moon Images With Names

Related Resources from USGS Astrogeology

Interactive Images & Maps

  • Lunar Map: Interactive map of the Moon with a variety of information available for viewing, such as nomenclature and geology, on the PIGWAD web site.

Downloads & Information

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Feature boundaries (polygons) are only intended for locating a specific named topographic or morphologic feature, not as precise scientific or geological unit boundaries. No geological interpretation of named features is endorsed by the IAU. Expected precision for feature coordinates is 2 decimal places. Some landing site features may be captured to 4 decimal places. The horizontal accuracy can vary largely from planetary body to body. Planetary control networks change regularly as new data is gathered, keeping pace with the latest control networks is an ongoing task for the maintainers. These files are in the LOLA 2011 control network. (more information)