Australian Aboriginal place names in the solar system

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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was established in 1919, and took
on the task of administering the names of places and features in the solar system.
The IAU maintains the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, in collaboration
with the United States Geological Survey. Since the 1950s, spacecraft has
replaced the telescope as the principal means of solar system exploration; and the
number of identified places and features has increased dramatically with fly-by,
orbiting, and surface missions to most planets and moons.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationAstrosociological Insights
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Bibliographical note

Note: this research was originally presented at the Australian Places and Placenames Symposium, 25 September 2015, Flinders University, Adelaide


  • Aboriginal heritage
  • Astronomy
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU)
  • Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
  • United States Geological Survey
  • SETI
  • Vienna Declaration
  • 'Dreaming' landscapes
  • Banumbirr
  • Barnumbirr
  • Djungguwul
  • Barralku


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