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Some commercial companies purport to allow you to name a star. Usually, for a few tens of dollars, they'll send you a fancy looking certificate and a chart from a star atlas showing the precise position of "your" star.




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The only problem is that the star name that you purchased amounts to nothing more than a novelty; for your moniker is not officially recognized by any reputable astronomical or scientific institution.


Now admittedly, the name probably does exist in the ledger of the company that sent you that nice certificate, but if you named a star for, say, your Aunt Clara, don't bother visiting your local observatory and ask to have them show it to you; so far as they're concerned "Aunt Clara's Star" doesn't exist.


For many years, I served as the question-and-answer man at New York's Hayden Planetarium and over a roughly 20-year time span I probably answered literally thousands of questions about astronomy and its affiliated sciences. But whenever we got close to a holiday, the questions regarding the purchase of a star always precipitously increased.


"Some commercial enterprises purport to offer such services for a fee," the IAU explains on its website (opens in new tab). "However, such 'names' have no formal or official validity whatsoever. Similar rules on "buying" names apply to star clusters and galaxies as well."


As we get ready to transition from winter to spring, one of the smallest constellations is visible at the first light of dawn, about halfway up in the eastern sky: Delphinus, the Dolphin. It certainly attracted the attention of ancient watchers of the sky, for despite its tiny size and the fact that it only consists of faint stars they're very closely spaced and easily seen on dark, clear nights.


Two stars in the Delphinus diamond have rather enigmatic names: Sualocin (Alpha Delphini) and Rotanev (Beta Delphini). These names first appeared in the Palermo Star Catalog, published in 1814 by Giuseppe Piazzi, the director of the Palermo Observatory, and his assistant Niccolo Cacciatore.


In 1859, the English astronomer Thomas Webb (1807-1885) solved the mystery by reversing their letters, revealing the name of Nicolaus Venator, the Latinized form of Niccolo Cacciatore. But to this day nobody knows for sure whether it was Piazzi or Cacciatore himself who ultimately christened these two stars.


The Apollo spacecraft that took men to the moon were designed to operate under inertial guidance, with gyroscopes keeping them pointed in the right direction. But because the gyroscopes tended to drift, astronauts had to periodically recalibrate the system by sighting on known stars. There were 37 stars they used.


In later missions, these three maverick stars amazingly were accorded the same respect as celebrated ones like Sirius, Vega and Aldebaran. They even turned up on some official star maps that were published during the late 1960s and 1970s. In fact, from 1968 until 1993, these three stars could be found on the monthly star charts published in the centerfold of Sky & Telescope magazine.


Our prices range from $19.95 to over $100. Our star registry provides a unique service; all our packages include your star name and special message of dedication that are launched into space on a real mission. What could be more exciting when looking at the cost to buy a star!?


Looking for the perfect last-minute gift? The Instant Gift Set features all the essentials, including downloadable star registration and launch certificates, and a place on board real Name A Star Live spaceflights.


Say "I love you" with the Ultimate Romantic Gift Set. You'll have everything you need to enjoy a night under the stars with your sweetheart when it's delivered gift wrapped to your door by an adorable Star Bear.


Your star name and message will be recorded in the Name A Star Live register and will be launched into space in an archive on board a Name A Star Live mission. Astronomers refer to stars by catalog numbers and astronomical coordinates, and no star-naming service changes such designations


For a limited time, NameAStarLive.com is offering FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping of all products to addresses in the continental United States (US). To get started, just add any Keepsake Gift, Tool to View Your Star, Accessory or an item from our Launch Collection to your cart. The discount will be applied later in the checkout process when you are asked to provide billing and shipping details.


Name a star in constellation Cassiopeia, home of the Heart Nebula (pictured) and receive a FREE, soft and cuddly heart shape pillow for your sweetheart. Available only for Keepsake Gifts valued at $50 or more.


The company sells the right to unofficially name a star, often as a gift or memorial. These names are recorded in the book Your Place in the Cosmos,[1] and are not recognized by the scientific or astronomical community as the International Astronomical Union is the only internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies.[2][3] Some astronomers have criticized the registry for not conforming to the IAU's designations while others, like Edward Bowell, approved of it.[4] The company's director of marketing Elaine Stolpe stated that "the service is not intended for scientific research; it is intended as a lasting gift."[5]


Since its founding, the International Star Registry has catalogued individual stars using coordinate data. It previously used data from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Star Catalog, before switching to using data from the NASA Star Guide, which allowed them to locate stars down to the 16th magnitude.[6] The stars are catalogued on charts stored at the International Star Registry headquarters,[7] and a catalogue of named stars is stored in a vault in Switzerland.[8]


Customers are given a signed certificate, a booklet of star charts, and a chart identifying the named star.[9] Packages sold by the company include framed certificates and personalized jewelry. The text of the certificates, with its blank spaces filled in by hand, is:


Know ye herewith that the International Star Registry doth hereby redesignate star number _____ to the name _____. Know ye further that this star will henceforth be known by this name. This name is permanently filed in The Registry's vault in Switzerland and recorded in a book which will be registered in the copyright office of the United States of America.


International Star Registry of Illinois was started in Toronto in 1979 by Ivor Downie. The International Star Registry is thought to be the earliest commercial star naming company. That year, the Toronto International Film Festival announced that it had purchased the naming rights to stars in the Andromeda Galaxy from the company, and would be naming them after festival patrons.[10] In 1980, John and Phyllis Mosele bought an American franchise of the company. Phyllis had first learned of the company when she named a star for her husband as a gift.[11]


In 1998, the International Star Registry was issued a complaint by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive advertising for claiming "official" naming rights.[18][19] The Illinois Attorney General later found that the company had done no wrongdoing.[9] The International Star Registry's FAQ states that only the International Astronomical Union has the right to name stars.[20]


In 1999, the Delaware Museum of Natural History held a contest to name the star TYC 3429-697-1 in the Ursa Major constellation, after the museum purchased naming rights from the International Star Registry. The star was named the "Delaware Diamond", derived from Delaware's nickname "The Diamond State".[5] Despite the nickname not having any scientific validity, a bill recognizing it as the official star of the State of Delaware was passed unanimously by the Delaware General Assembly in 2000.[21][22]


In 2019, as the series The Big Bang Theory neared its finale, Warner Bros. Television Studios announced that the ISR had nicknamed the Big Dipper constellation "The Big Bang Dipper" in honor of the show.[28]Disney+ commemorated the launch of the Star content hub in February 2021 by naming several stars in the International Star Registry.[29]


The company has also appeared in numerous films and television series. In the 2002 romantic coming-of-age film A Walk to Remember depicts a young man (Shane West) naming a star after his girlfriend (Mandy Moore) through the International Star Registry.[30] The International Star Registry appeared in the American Dad! episode "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy", when Hayley buys Roger's homestar, and claims to be his queen as a result.[31]


A 1992 Time magazine article noted that the company had become popular with celebrities and politicians, with Elizabeth II, Charles III, and Diana, Princess of Wales receiving stars.[4] Some stars have been nicknamed as a memorial, such as when William Baldwin nicknamed a star after John F. Kennedy Jr., in the wake of the latter's death.[32] Nicole Kidman named a star in the Hercules constellation "Forever Tom" in the registry, after her husband Tom Cruise.[33] Winona Ryder also named a star after her then-boyfriend Johnny Depp.[34]


Other public figures who have had stars named for them include Barry Manilow, Engelbert Humperdinck,[4] Jon Pertwee,[35] Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Lindsey Graham. Del E. Webb Construction Company named a star after Marco Rubio in 1993. Actor Kirk Douglas had a star named after him for his 99th birthday in 2015.[36]


In 2012, Anderson Cooper presented guest John Cusack, who had just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with a star named after him in the International Star Registry.[37] Ellen DeGeneres presented 5-year old Xander Rynerson with a star named after him on a 2020 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[38] In a 2020 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Patrick Stewart had a star named for him after defeating Pete Buttigieg in a Star Trek trivia match.[39]


To buy a star gift is widely considered one of the most original and heartfelt gifts. The symbol of a star carries great value amongst human beings. It reminds us of the possible eternity of our lives and the vastness of the universe. In this article we answer all questions related to buying a star. 041b061a72


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