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The naming of moons has been the responsibility of the International Astronomical Union's committee for Planetary System Nomenclature since 1973. That committee is known today as the Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN).

Prior to its formation, the names of satellites have had varying histories. The choice of names is often determined by a satellite's discoverer; however, historically some satellites were not given names for many years after their discovery; for instance, Titan was discovered by Huygens in 1655, but was not named until 1847, almost two centuries later.

Before the IAU assumed responsibility for astronomical nomenclature, only twenty-five satellites had been given names that were in wide use and are still used: 1 of Earth, 2 of Mars, 5 of Jupiter, 10 of Saturn, 5 of Uranus, and 2 of Neptune.[1] Since then, names have been given to 137 additional planetary and dwarf planetary satellites: 52 satellites of Jupiter, 53 of Saturn, 22 of Uranus, 12 of Neptune, 5 of Pluto, 2 of Haumea, and 1 each of Eris, Gonggong, and Quaoar. Names have also been given to some satellites of minor planets. The number will continue to rise as current satellite discoveries are documented and new satellites are discovered.

At the IAU General Assembly in July 2004,[2] the WGPSN suggested it may become advisable to not name small satellites, as CCD technology makes it possible to discover satellites as small as 1 km in diameter. Until 2014, names were applied to all planetary moons discovered, regardless of size. From 2015, some small moons have not received names.

Naming of moons by Solar System object[edit]


Every human language has its own word for the Earth's Moon, and these words are the ones normally used in astronomical contexts. However, a number of fanciful or mythological names for the Moon have been used in the context of astronomy (an even larger number of lunar epithets have been used in non-astronomical contexts). In the 17th century, the Moon was sometimes referred to as Proserpina. More recently, especially in science-fiction content, the Moon has been called by the Latin name Luna, presumably on the analogy of the Latin names of the planets, or by association with the adjectival form lunar, or a need to differentiate it from other moons that may be present in a fictional setting. In technical terminology, the word-stems seleno- (from Greek selēnē "moon") and cynthi- (from Cynthia, an epithet of the goddess Artemis) are sometimes used to refer to the Moon, as in selenography, selenology, and pericynthion.


The moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos) were named by Asaph Hall in 1878, soon after he discovered them. They are named after the sons of the god Ares (the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Mars).


The Galilean moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto) were named by Simon Marius soon after their discovery in 1610. However, by the late 19th century these names had fallen out of favor, and for a long time it was most common to refer to them in the astronomical literature simply as "Jupiter I", "Jupiter II", etc., or as "the first satellite of Jupiter", "Jupiter's second satellite", etc.

By the first decade of the 20th century, the names Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto had once again recovered popularity, but the later-discovered moons, numbered, usually in Roman numerals V (5) through XII (12), remained unnamed.[3][dubiousdiscuss] By a popular though unofficial convention,[citation needed] Jupiter V, discovered in 1892, was given the name Amalthea,[4] first used by the French astronomer Camille Flammarion.[5]

The other irregular satellites (discovered 1904 to 1951) were, in the overwhelming majority of astronomical literature, simply left nameless. No names were proposed until Brian G. Marsden suggested a nomenclature for these satellites in 1955.[6] Although the 1955 names met with immediate acceptance in some quarters (e.g. in science fiction[7] and popular science articles[8]), they were still rarely if ever met in astronomical literature until the 1970s.[9]

Two other proposals for naming the satellites were made between 1955 and 1975, both by Soviet astronomers, E. I. Nesterovich (in 1962) and Yu. A. Karpenko (in 1973).[10][11] These met no particularly enthusiastic reception.

In 1975, following Charles Kowal's discovery of the satellite Jupiter XIII in 1974, the IAU Task Group for Outer Solar System Nomenclature granted names to satellites V-XIII, and provided for a formal naming process for future satellites to be discovered. Under the new process, Jupiter V continued as Amalthea, Jupiter XIII was named Leda in accordance with a suggestion of Kowal's, and all previous proposals for the seven satellites VI-XII were abandoned in favor of new names, in accordance with a scheme suggested by the German philologist Jürgen Blunck where prograde moons received names ending in 'a' and retrograde moons received names ending in 'e'.[12]

The new names met considerable protest from some quarters. Kowal, despite suggesting a name for Jupiter XIII, was of the opinion that Jupiter's irregular satellites should not be named at all.[13] Carl Sagan noted that the names chosen were extraordinarily obscure (a fact that Tobias Owen, chair of the Task Group, admitted was intentional in a response to Sagan[10]) and suggested his own names in 1976;[14] these preserved some of the names from the 1955 proposal. Karpenko had noted the same in his 1981 book "The Names of the Starry Sky", along with stating that the names chosen for retrograde moons, and therefore the "e" ending, were not always the ones for which it was the more common one.[15]

The proposals are summarized in the table below (data from Icarus unless specified otherwise[10][14]):

Number 1955 Proposal
Brian Marsden[6]
1962 Proposal
E. I. Nesterovich[16]
1973 Proposal
Yu. A. Karpenko[11]
1975 Proposal
IAU Committee[10]
1976 Proposal
Carl Sagan[14]
Jupiter VI Hestia Atlas Adrastea Himalia Maia
Jupiter VII Hera Hercules Danae Elara Hera
Jupiter VIII Poseidon Persephone Helen Pasiphae Alcmene
Jupiter IX Hades Cerberus Ida Sinope Leto
Jupiter X Demeter Prometheus Latona Lysithea Demeter
Jupiter XI Pan Dedalus Leda Carme Semele
Jupiter XII Adrastea Hephaestus Semele Ananke Danae

Current practice is that newly discovered moons of Jupiter must be named after lovers or descendants of the mythological Jupiter (Zeus). Blunck's scheme for the outer moons was retained, with the addition that names ending in 'o' could also be used for prograde moons. At the IAU General Assembly in July 2004,[2] the WGPSN allowed Jovian satellites to be named for Zeus' descendants in addition to his lovers and favorites which were the previous source of names, due to the large number of new Jovian satellites that had then recently been discovered. All of Jupiter's satellites from XXXIV (Euporie) on were named for descendants of Zeus, until Jupiter LIII (Dia), named after another one of his lovers.


In 1847, the seven then known moons of Saturn were named by John Herschel. Herschel named Saturn's two innermost moons (Mimas and Enceladus) after the mythological Greek Giants, and the outer five after the Titans (Titan, Iapetus) and Titanesses (Tethys, Dione, Rhea) of the same mythology. Until then, Titan was known as the "Huygenian (or Huyghenian) satellite of Saturn" and the other moons had Roman numeral designations in order of their distance from Saturn. Subsequent discoverers of Saturnian moons followed Herschel's scheme: Hyperion was discovered soon after in 1848, and the ninth moon, Phoebe, was named by its discoverer in 1899 soon after its discovery; they were named for a Titan and a Titaness respectively. The name of Janus was suggested by its discoverer, Audouin Dollfus.

Current IAU practice for newly discovered inner moons is to continue with Herschel's system, naming them after Titans or their descendants. However, the increasing number of moons that were being discovered in the 21st century caused the IAU to draw up a new scheme for the outer moons. At the IAU General Assembly in July 2004,[2] the WGPSN allowed satellites of Saturn to have names of giants and monsters in mythologies other than the Greco-Roman. Since the outer moons fall naturally into three groups, one group is named after Norse giants, one after Gallic giants, and one after Inuit giants. The only moon that fails to fit this scheme is the Greek-named Phoebe, which is in the Norse group.


The Roman numbering scheme of Uranus' moons was in a state of flux for a considerable time. Sir William Herschel thought he had discovered up to six moons and maybe even a ring. For nearly fifty years, Herschel's instrument was the only one the moons had been seen with.[17] In the 1840s, better instruments and a more favourable position of Uranus in the sky led to sporadic indications of satellites additional to Titania and Oberon. Publications hesitated between William Herschel's designations (where Titania and Oberon are Uranus II and IV) and William Lassell's (where they are sometimes I and II).[18] With the confirmation of Ariel and Umbriel, Lassell numbered the moons I through IV from Uranus outward, and this finally stuck.[19]

The first two Uranian moons, discovered in 1787, did not receive names until 1852, a year after two more moons had been discovered. The responsibility for naming was taken by John Herschel, son of the discoverer of Uranus. Herschel, instead of assigning names from Greek mythology, named the moons after magical spirits in English literature: the fairies Oberon and Titania from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the sylphs Ariel and Umbriel from Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock (Ariel is also a sprite in Shakespeare's The Tempest). The reasoning was presumably that Uranus, as god of the sky and air, would be attended by spirits of the air.

Subsequent names, rather than continuing the "airy spirits" theme (only Puck and Mab continuing the trend), have focused on Herschel's source material. In 1949, the fifth moon, Miranda, was named by its discoverer, Gerard Kuiper, after a thoroughly mortal character in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Current IAU practice is to name moons after characters from Shakespeare's plays and The Rape of the Lock (although at present only Ariel, Umbriel, and Belinda have names drawn from the latter poem, all the rest being from Shakespeare). All the retrograde irregular moons are named after characters from one play, The Tempest; the only prograde irregular moon, Margaret, is named from Much Ado About Nothing.


The one known moon (at the time) of Neptune was not named for many decades. Although the name Triton was suggested in 1880 by Camille Flammarion, it did not come into general use until the mid 20th-century, and for many years was considered "unofficial". In the astronomical literature it was simply referred to as "the satellite of Neptune". Later, the second known moon, Nereid, was named by its discoverer in 1949, Gerard P. Kuiper, soon after its discovery.

Current IAU practice for newly discovered Neptunian moons is to accord with these first two choices by naming them after Greek sea deities.

For the "normal" irregular satellites, the general convention is to use names ending in "a" for prograde satellites, names ending in "e" for retrograde satellites, and names ending in "o" for exceptionally inclined satellites, exactly like the convention for the moons of Jupiter.[20]


Pluto and its five moons.[21]

The name of Pluto's moon Charon was suggested by James W. Christy, its discoverer, soon after its discovery.

The other four moons are named Hydra, Nix, Kerberos, and Styx.

Charon, Hydra, Nix, and Kerberos are all characters in Greek mythology, with ties to Hades (the Greek equivalent of Pluto). Charon ferries the dead across the River Acheron, Hydra guards the waters of the underworld, and Nix (a respelling of Nyx), mother of Charon, is the goddess of darkness and the night. Kerberos is a giant three-headed dog who guards the entrance to the underworld. The fifth moon is named for the river Styx that forms the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead.


The name of Eris's moon Dysnomia was suggested by its discoverer Michael E. Brown, who also suggested the name of the dwarf planet. The name has two meanings: in mythology Dysnomia (lawlessness) is the daughter of Eris (chaos). However, the name is also an intentional reference to the actor Lucy Lawless who plays the character Xena. The background for this is that during the long period when Eris had no formal name, the name 'Xena' – originally Brown's nickname for his discovery – spread and became popular. When the name 'Eris' was chosen, Brown suggested Dysnomia (which until then had been referred to as Gabrielle) as a reference to this.[22] Hence, Dysnomia is the only moon which could be said to be named after an actor. The names Eris and Dysnomia were accepted by the IAU on 14 September 2006.


The name of Haumea and its moons were suggested by David L. Rabinowitz of Caltech and refer to the mother goddess and her daughters in Hawaiian mythology.


When the discoverers of Gonggong proposed choices for a public vote on its name, they chose figures that had associates that could provide a name for the satellite.[23] Xiangliu's name was chosen by its discovery team led by Csaba Kiss.[24]


Quaoar was named after the creator god of the Tongva tribe. Brown, who had co-discovered both Quaoar and its moon, left the name of the moon up to the Tongva. The Tongva chose the sky god Weywot, son of Quaoar.[25]

Asteroids and other trans-Neptunian objects[edit]

Unlike the planets and dwarf planets, relatively few moons orbiting asteroids have been named. Among them are the following:

Name of moon Name of primary Roman numeral
Dactyl 243 Ida I
Echidna 42355 Typhon I
Linus 22 Kalliope I
Menoetius 617 Patroclus I
Petit-Prince 45 Eugenia I
Phorcys 65489 Ceto I
Remus 87 Sylvia II
Romulus 87 Sylvia I
Sawiskera 88611 Teharonhiawako I
Zoe 58534 Logos I

Roman numeral designations[edit]

The Roman numbering system for satellites arose with the very first discovery of natural satellites other than Earth's Moon: Galileo referred to the Galilean moons as I through IV (counting from Jupiter outward), refusing to adopt the names proposed by his rival Simon Marius. Similar numbering schemes naturally arose with the discovery of multiple moons around Saturn, Uranus, and Mars. The numbers initially designated the moons in orbital sequence, and were re-numbered after each new discovery; for instance, before the discovery of Mimas and Enceladus in 1789, Tethys was Saturn I, Dione Saturn II, etc.,[26] but after the new moons were discovered, Mimas became Saturn I, Enceladus Saturn II, Tethys Saturn III and Dione Saturn IV.

In the middle of the 19th century, however, the numeration became fixed, and later discoveries failed to conform with the orbital sequence scheme. Amalthea, discovered in 1892, was labelled "Jupiter V" although it orbits more closely to Jupiter than does Io (Jupiter I). The unstated convention then became, at the close of the 19th century, that the numbers more or less reflected the order of discovery, except for prior historical exceptions (see Timeline of discovery of Solar System planets and their natural satellites); though if a large number of satellites were discovered in a short span of time, the group could be numbered in orbital sequence, or according to other principles than strictly by order of discovery. The convention has been extended to natural satellites of minor planets, such as (87) Sylvia I Romulus. The outer irregular satellites of Jupiter (VI through XII) were left officially unnamed throughout this period, although as stated above some unofficial names were used in some contexts.

From 1975 to 2009, the International Astronomical Union was assigning names to all planetary satellites, and Roman numerals were usually not assigned to satellites until they are named. (An exception is Saturn's moon Helene, which received the Roman numeral XII in 1982, but was not named until 1988.) During this period, the use of Roman numeral designations diminished, and some are very rarely used; Phobos and Deimos are rarely referred to as Mars I and Mars II, and the Moon is never referred to as "Earth I". However, since 2015 some moons have again been numbered without being named, starting from Jupiter LI.

The thirteen named satellites of Saturn from Aegir to Surtur were named in alphabetical order corresponding to their Roman numerals.

Provisional designations[edit]

When satellites are first discovered, they are given provisional designations such as "S/2010 J 2" (the 2nd new satellite of Jupiter discovered in 2010) or "S/2003 S 1" (the 1st new satellite of Saturn discovered in 2003). The initial "S/" stands for "satellite", and distinguishes from such prefixes as "D/", "C/", and "P/", used for comets. The designation "R/" is used for planetary rings. These designations are sometimes written like "S/2003 S1", dropping the second space. The letter following the category and year identifies the planet (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune; although no occurrence of the other planets is expected, Mars and Mercury are disambiguated through the use of Hermes for the latter). Pluto was designated by P prior to its recategorization as a dwarf planet. When the object is found around a minor planet, the identifier used is the latter's number in parentheses. Thus, Dactyl, the moon of 243 Ida, was at first designated "S/1993 (243) 1". Once confirmed and named, it became (243) Ida I Dactyl. Similarly, the fourth satellite of Pluto, Kerberos, discovered after Pluto was categorized as a dwarf planet and assigned a minor planet number, was designated S/2011 (134340) 1 rather than S/2011 P 1,[27] though the New Horizons team, who maintained that dwarf planets were planets, used the latter.

Note: The assignation of "H" for Mercury is specified by the USGS Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature; since they usually follow IAU guidelines closely, this is very likely the IAU convention, but confirmation is needed: there have been no moons found to be orbiting Mercury as of yet.

After a few months or years, when a newly discovered satellite's existence has been confirmed and its orbit computed, a permanent name is chosen, which replaces the "S/" provisional designation. However, in the past, some satellites remained unnamed for surprisingly long periods after their discovery.


The timeline only includes moons of the planets and the more likely dwarf planets. Ceres (no moons), Pluto, Haumea, Quaoar, Makemake, Gonggong, Eris, and Sedna (no moons) are generally agreed among astronomers to be dwarf planets.

Pre-IAU names[edit]

The following names were adopted by informal processes preceding the assumption by the IAU of control over the assignment of satellite nomenclature in 1973.

Pre-IAU Names
Date Namer Name Image Planet/Number Designation Discovery date References/Notes
17th century
1614 Simon Marius Io
Jupiter I 1610 Marius (Simon Mayr), in his book Mundus Iovialis anno M.DC.IX Detectus Ope Perspicilli Belgici, names the Galilean moons, and attributes the suggestion to Johannes Kepler.
Jupiter II
Jupiter III
Jupiter IV
19th century
1847 John Herschel Mimas
Saturn I 1789 Herschel named the seven known satellites of Saturn in his book Results of Astronomical Observations made at the Cape of Good Hope, as reported by William Lassell, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 42–43 January 14, 1848
Saturn II
Saturn III 1684
Saturn IV
Saturn V 1672
Saturn VI 1655
Saturn VIII 1671
1848 William Lassell Hyperion
Saturn VII 1847 Lassell, following John Herschel's suggested scheme, names Hyperion Discovery of a New Satellite of Saturn, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 8, No. 9, pp. 195–197.
1852 John Herschel Ariel
Uranus I 1851 Herschel named the four known satellites of Uranus in Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 34, No. 812, pp. 325/326, 21 June 1852 (communication dated 26 May 1852.)
Uranus II
Uranus III 1787
Uranus IV
1878 Asaph Hall Phobos
Mars I 1877 Hall named his two newly discovered satellites of Mars Phobus and Deimus: Astronomische Nachrichten, Vol. 92, No. 2187, pp. 47/48 14 March 1878 (signed 7 February 1878). The names were subsequently amended to Phobos and Deimos.
Mars II
1880 Camille Flammarion Triton
Neptune I 1846 Flammarion suggested the name Triton in his 1880 book Astronomie populaire, p. 591. The name was considered unofficial for decades afterwards.
c. 1893 Camille Flammarion Amalthea
Jupiter V 1892 Flammarion suggested the name Amalthea in correspondence with discoverer E. E. Barnard. Barnard declined to propose any name, however, and Amalthea remained an unofficial name until its adoption by the IAU in 1975.
April 1899 William Henry Pickering Phoebe
Saturn IX 1899 Pickering suggested the name Phoebe in A New Satellite of Saturn, Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 274–276, April 1899, by his brother Edward C. Pickering.
20th century
April 1939 Seth Barnes Nicholson declines to name satellites of Jupiter he has discovered (Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 51, No. 300, pp. 85–94, signed March 1939)
June 1949 Gerard P. Kuiper Miranda
Uranus V 1948 Kuiper proposed the name Miranda in his report of the discovery, The Fifth Satellite of Uranus, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 61, No. 360, p. 129, June 1949.
August 1949 Gerard P. Kuiper Nereid
Neptune II 1949 Kuiper proposed the name Nereid in his report of the discovery, The second satellite of Neptune, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 61, No. 361, pp. 175–176, August 1949.
1 February 1967 Audouin Dollfus Janus
Saturn X 1966 Dollfus named Janus in a report of 1 February 1967 relating to its discovery (IAUC 1995: Saturn X (Janus)).

IAU names[edit]

The following names were selected through a formal process controlled by the IAU. Only in a few cases is the person who chose the name identified.

20th century[edit]

IAU Names - 20th century
Date Name Image Planet/Number Designation Discovery date References/Notes
7 October 1975 Himalia Jupiter VI 1904 IAUC 2846: Satellites of Jupiter. Also confirmed the name Amalthea.
Elara Jupiter VII 1905
Pasiphaë Jupiter VIII 1908
Sinope Jupiter IX 1914
Lysithea Jupiter X 1938
Carme Jupiter XI
Ananke Jupiter XII 1951
Leda Jupiter XIII 1974
1982 Thebe
Jupiter XIV 1979 Transactions of the International Astronomical Union, Vol. XVIIIA, 1982. Mentioned in IAUC 3872 (in 1983). Also confirmed the name Janus. Saturn XII was also numbered at this time, but left unnamed as "Dione B". In the 1982 announcement Thebe and Adrastea were mistakenly swapped.
Jupiter XV
Jupiter XVI
Epimetheus Saturn XI 1980
Saturn XIII
Saturn XIV
30 September 1983 Atlas
Saturn XV 1980 IAUC 3872: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn
3 January 1986 Prometheus
Saturn XVI IAUC 4157: Satellites of Saturn and Pluto
Saturn XVII
3 January 1986 Charon
Pluto I 1978 IAUC 4157: Satellites of Saturn and Pluto. James W. Christy announced the name Charon shortly after his discovery of the satellite in 1978, but the name remained unofficial until its adoption by the IAU in 1986.
8 June 1988
(numbered 1982)
Saturn XII 1980 IAUC 4609: Satellites of Saturn and Uranus
8 June 1988 Cordelia
Uranus VI 1986 IAUC 4609: Satellites of Saturn and Uranus
Uranus VII
Uranus VIII
Uranus IX
Uranus X
Uranus XI
Uranus XII
Uranus XIII
Uranus XIV
Uranus XV 1985
16 September 1991 Pan
Saturn XVIII 1990 IAUC 5347: Satellites of Saturn and Neptune
16 September 1991 Naiad
Neptune III 1989 IAUC 5347: Satellites of Saturn and Neptune
Neptune IV
Neptune V
Neptune VI
Neptune VII
Neptune VIII
30 April 1998 Caliban
Uranus XVI 1997 B. J. Gladman, P. D. Nicholson, J. A. Burns, J. J. Kavelaars, B. G. Marsden, G. V. Williams and W. B. Offutt propose the names Caliban and Sycorax in their account of the discovery: Gladman, B. J.; Nicholson, P. D.; Burns, J. A.; Kavelaars, J. J.; Marsden, B. G.; Williams, G. V.; Offutt, W. B. (1998). "Discovery of two distant irregular moons of Uranus". Nature. 392 (6679): 897–899. Bibcode:1998Natur.392..897G. doi:10.1038/31890. S2CID 4315601.. IAUC 7132: Satellites of Uranus (The IAU appears to have adopted these names prior to those reported in IAUC 7479.)
Uranus XVII
21 August 2000 Prospero
Uranus XVIII 1999 IAUC 7479: Satellites of Uranus
Uranus XIX
Uranus XX

21st century[edit]

For completeness, moons that were left unnamed upon their official numbering have also been included.

IAU Names - 21st century
Date Name Image Planet/Number Designation Discovery date References/Notes
22 October 2002 Callirrhoe
Jupiter XVII 1999 IAUC 7998: Satellites of Jupiter
Jupiter XVIII 2000
Jupiter XIX 2001 Spelled "Magaclite" in IAUC 7998; corrected 29 November 2002 in IAUC 8023: Satellites of Jupiter.
Jupiter XX IAUC 7998: Satellites of Jupiter
Jupiter XXI
Jupiter XXII 2000
Jupiter XXIII 2001
Jupiter XXIV
Jupiter XXV
Jupiter XXVI
Jupiter XXVII
8 August 2003 Autonoe
Jupiter XXVIII 2002 IAUC 8177: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
Jupiter XXIX
Jupiter XXX
Jupiter XXXI
Jupiter XXXII
Jupiter XXXIII
Jupiter XXXIV
Jupiter XXXV
Jupiter XXXVI
Jupiter XXXVII
8 August 2003 Ymir
Saturn XIX 2000 IAUC 8177: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
Saturn XX
Saturn XXI
Saturn XXII
Saturn XXIII Spelled "Suttung" in IAUC 8177; emended on 21 January 2005 in IAUC 8471: Satellites of Saturn.
Saturn XXIV IAUC 8177: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
Saturn XXV
Saturn XXVI
Saturn XXVII Spelled "Skadi" in IAUC 8177; emended on 21 January 2005 in IAUC 8471: Satellites of Saturn.
Saturn XXVIII Spelled "Erriapo" in IAUC 8177; corrected on 14 December 2007 (USGS)
Saturn XXIX IAUC 8177: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
Saturn XXX Spelled "Thrym" in IAUC 8177; emended on 21 January 2005 in IAUC 8471: Satellites of Saturn.
8 August 2003 Trinculo Uranus XXI 2002 IAUC 8177: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
21 January 2005 Narvi
Saturn XXXI 2003 IAUC 8471: Satellites of Saturn
Saturn XXXII 2004
Saturn XXXIV
30 March 2005 Hegemone Jupiter XXXIX 2003 IAUC 8502: Satellites of Jupiter
Jupiter XL
Aoede Jupiter XLI
Thelxinoe Jupiter XLII
Jupiter XLIII 2002
Kallichore Jupiter XLIV 2003
Jupiter XLV
Jupiter XLVI
Jupiter XLVII
Cyllene Jupiter XLVIII
29 December 2005 Francisco Uranus XXII 2006 IAUC 8648: Satellites of Uranus
Uranus XXIII
Uranus XXIV
Uranus XXV
Uranus XXVI
Uranus XXVII
21 June 2006 Nix
Pluto II 2005 IAUC 8723: Satellites of Pluto
Pluto III
17 July 2006 Daphnis
Saturn XXXV 2005 IAUC 8730: Saturn XXXV (Daphnis) = S/2005 S 1
13 September 2006 Dysnomia
Eris I 2005 IAUC 8747: (134340) Pluto, (136199) Eris, and (136199) Eris I (Dysnomia)
3 February 2007 Halimede
Neptune IX 2002 IAUC 8802: Satellites of Neptune
Neptune X 2003
Neptune XI 2002
Neptune XII
Neptune XIII
5 April 2007 Kore
Jupiter XLIX 2003 IAUC 8826: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn
5 April 2007 Aegir Saturn XXXVI 2004 IAUC 8826: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn
Saturn XXXIX
Farbauti Saturn XL
Fenrir Saturn XLI
Saturn XLII
Saturn XLIII
Saturn XLIV Spelled "Hyrokkin" in IAUC 8826; corrected on 31 July 2007 in IAUC 8860: Saturn XLIV (Hyrrokkin)
Saturn XLV 2006 IAUC 8826: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn
Saturn XLVI
Saturn XLVII
Surtur Saturn XLVIII
20 September 2007 Anthe
Saturn XLIX 2007 IAUC 8873: Satellites of Saturn
Jarnsaxa Saturn L 2006
Saturn LI
Saturn LII 2007
17 September 2008 Hiʻiaka
Haumea I 2005
Haumea II 2005
5 May 2009 Aegaeon
Saturn LIII 2009 IAUC 9041: New name/designation of satellite of Saturn (LIII), S/2008 S 1. (subscription only)
4 October 2009 Weywot
Quaoar I 2006 MPC 67220: New Names of Minor Planets
11 November 2009 Herse Jupiter L 2003 IAUC 9094: Designation and name assigned to S/2003 J 17 (the 50th satellite of Jupiter to be so designated and named): Jupiter L (Herse). (subscription only)
2 July 2013 Kerberos
Pluto IV 2011 IAU1303 News Release
Pluto V 2012
7 March 2015 (unnamed)
Jupiter LI 2010 CBET (Central Bureau Electronic Telegram) 4075: 20150307: Satellites of Jupiter, March 7, 2015 (subscription only)
Jupiter LII 2010
Jupiter LIII 2000
9 June 2017 (numbered)
19 August 2019 (named)
Jupiter LIV 2016 MPC 105280: Numbering of Natural Satellites
Names Approved for Five Jovian Satellites
Jupiter LV 2003
Jupiter LVI 2011
Eirene Jupiter LVII 2003
Philophrosyne Jupiter LVIII 2003
Jupiter LIX 2017
5 October 2017 (numbered)
19 August 2019 (named)
Jupiter LX 2003 MPC 106505: Numbering of a Natural Satellite
Names Approved for Five Jovian Satellites
25 September 2018 (numbered)
3 October 2018 (named)
(unnamed) Jupiter LXI 2003 MPC 111804: Numbering of Natural Satellites
Name Approved for Jovian Satellite: Valetudo
Names Approved for Five Jovian Satellites
Name Approved for Neptunian Satellite: Hippocamp
Jupiter LXII 2016
25 September 2018 (numbered)
19 August 2019 (named)
Jupiter LXIII 2017
Jupiter LXIV
Jupiter LXV
(unnamed) Jupiter LXVI
Jupiter LXVII
Jupiter LXVIII
Jupiter LXIX
Jupiter LXX
Jupiter LXXI 2018
(unnamed) Jupiter LXXII 2011
25 September 2018 (numbered)
20 February 2019 (named)
Neptune XIV 2013
5 February 2020 Xiangliu
Gonggong I 2016 MPC 121135: New Names of Minor Planets
1 June 2021 (numbered)
24 August 2022 (named)
Gridr Saturn LIV 2019 MPC 132212: Numbering of a Natural Satellite
Names Approved for 10 Small Satellites of Saturn
10 August 2021 (numbered)
24 August 2022 (named)
Angrboda Saturn LV MPC 133821: Numbering of Natural Satellites
Names Approved for 10 Small Satellites of Saturn
Skrymir Saturn LVI
Gerd Saturn LVII
(unnamed) Saturn LVIII
Eggther Saturn LIX
(unnamed) Saturn LX
Beli Saturn LXI
Gunnlod Saturn LXII
Thiazzi Saturn LXIII
(unnamed) Saturn LXIV
Alvaldi Saturn LXV
Geirrod Saturn LXVI

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