NASA has been asking public to vote on possible names for the features of Pluto.
New Horizons probe is flying by the dwarf planet in July and NASA wants names which can be used to name the features on the planet.
The agency initially slated to end that request for names earlier in April, but officials have extended the period until Friday so that more people can participate in it and submit their favorite names.
Scientists are not sure what features they will come across on Pluto as the spacecraft gets closer, but they won’t have lot of time to think new names on the fly to name those features. So they can come up with a name suggestion campaign.
The names for features on Pluto will be sent to International Astronomical Union or IAU for consideration.
IAU is the organization which is officially responsible for naming cosmic objects.
IAU is having naming guidelines for features on Pluto and other bodies in solar system.
One can choose from the lengthy list or can nominate names that will then be reviewed.
Names for features on Pluto need to be related to specify mythology, for instance.
Some of the guidelines from NASA for Pluto are,
Names from the Underworld from the worlds of mythologies; Heroes and other explorers of Underworld; gods and goddesses and other dwarf association with Underworld; Scientists and engineers associated with Pluto and Kuiper belt; writers who are associated with Pluto and Kuiper belt.
NASA believes that public can also help them to name features on Charon. Scientists think that Pluto has five moons but they may find even more when the spacecraft gets closer to the dwarf planet.