Facula, Faculae

  • Henrik HargitaiEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_142-1

A descriptor term used in the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature.


Bright spot (Swings 1986; IAU Gazetteer 2014).

Origin of Term

Fax: torch, flame, light; facula (dim.): small torch, Latin.

History of Nomenclature

Introduced in 1985 (Swings 1986, p. 339). Initially used for features on Ganymede.

See Also


  1. IAU Gazetteer (2014) Gazetteer of planetary nomenclature. International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN) http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/
  2. Swings J-P (ed) (1986) Proceedings of the 19th general assembly. Transactions of the IAU, vol XIX B. Association of University for Research in AstronomyGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Science Research Group, Institute of Geography and Earth SciencesEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary