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Ceres' peaks and craters get harvest-focused names.

Tubers, maize and eggplants are finally getting astronomical recognition--actually, it's the deities that look after the crops and the celebrations of their harvest. In September, 15 craters and mountains on the dwarf planet Ceres were officially named after various spirits and celebrations of things that grow, befitting a world named after the Roman goddess of agriculture.

The International Astronomical Union officially recognized a crater in the north as Takel, a Malaysian goddess of tubers. The Mayan god Ghanan now watches over not just maize but a crater near Ceres' north pole. And an Albanian festival that marks the first day of the eggplant harvest marks the mountain Ysolo Mons.

With no liquid water on the airless Ceres, gathering an assortment of divine beings is probably the only way to get anything to grow there.

Caption: Culinary cartography This false-color global map of Ceres obtained by the Dawn spacecraft highlights the dwarf planet's newly named features and its changing mineral composition. Red marks areas that strongly reflect infrared light and blue regions reflect shorter wavelengths.


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Title Annotation:THE NAME GAME
Author:Crockett, Christopher
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Nov 14, 2015
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