Plutonian craters to be named after Star Trek characters

Plutonian craters to be named after Star Trek characters

In July of this year (2015), NASA’s New Horizons mission will fly past Pluto and its moons. It will map the surface of the Plutonian system in unprecedented detail, revealing craters and other surface features for the first time. In preparation for the deluge of newly discovered craters, mountains, crevasses and other surface features, Mamajek et al. discuss a naming system for Pluto and its moons.

Snapshots from the IAU in Beijing

Snapshots from the IAU in Beijing

Over the past two weeks, several astrobites authors have been attending the 28th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing, China. Like the semi-annual AAS meetings in the United States, the IAU General Assemblies are large meetings covering...