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Basalt

Fine-grained igneous rock (rich in mafic minerals) that has erupted onto the surface....

Basalt

Atlas

In Greek mythology, brother of Prometheus and grandfather of Hermes (Mercury). Condemned to stand fo...

Atlas

Atla

In Norse mythology, a giantess, mother of Heimdall....

Atla

Arachnoid

Spider or cobweblike feature on the surface of Venus, typically having a diameter of about 100-km an...

Arachnoid

Apollo

In Greek mythology, one of the twelve Olympian gods. God of prophecy, healing, archery, music, youth...

Apollo

Aphrodite

One of the twelve Greek Olympian gods. Goddess of Love (Roman name, Venus), daughter of Zeus and Dio...

Aphrodite

Antipodal point

The opposite point with respect to any given point....

Antipodal point

Anorthosite

A type of igneous rock composed almost entirely of feldspar, a group of minerals that make up about...

Anorthosite

Altimetry

The measurement of elevation or altitude....

Altimetry

Albedo

The ratio of the amount of solar radiation reflected from an object to the total amount incident upo...

Albedo

Akna

In Native American traditions from Mexico and from the Arctic, "Moon" (Wife of the Sun) and "The Mot...

Akna

Adams

John Couch Adams (1819-1892) English astronomer. One of the discoverers of the planet Neptune....

Adams

Achondrite

A stony meteorite, coarsely crystallized, with sizable fragments of various minerals visible to the ...

Achondrite

Aa

A basaltic lava with a rough, jagged surface....

Aa

Granulation

The mottled, orange peel, appearance of the Sun's surface; caused by convection within the Sun and o...

Granulation

Geomorphology

The study of the external structure, form, and arrangement of rocks in relation to the development o...

Geomorphology

Geyser

A type of hot spring that intermittently erupts jets of material. ...

Geyser

Giotto

Giotto di Bondone (1267?-1337) Italian medieval painter, architect, and sculptor....

Giotto

Graben

A long, relatively depressed crustal unit or block that is bounded by faults along its sides; a tro...

Graben

Gula

One of the primary goddesses of the Akkadian and Babylonian peoples. The mother-goddess and great ph...

Gula

Heliocentric

Sun-centered. Positions of planets, including the Earth and Moon, referred to the center of the Sun...

Heliocentric

Hadley

John Hadley (1682-1744) English mathematician and inventor. Built first serviceable reflecting teles...

Hadley

Halley

Edmond Halley (1656-1742) English astronomer. In 1758, predicted accurately the return of a comet pr...

Halley

Herschel

Sir William Herschel (1738-1822). British astronomer. Built reflecting telescope of superior quality...

Herschel

Hestia

In Greek mythology, one of the twelve Olympian gods. Sister of Zeus and goddess of the hearth and ho...

Hestia
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