Can you really buy a star and name it?
There are services which will let you name a star in the sky after a loved one. But can you really name a star? The answer is yes, and no. Names of astronomical objects are agreed upon by the International Astronomical Union.
Is it possible to buy a star?
When you talk about “buying stars” or “naming stars” for yourself or a friend, you are most likely referring to the claims of one of the commercial companies who promise to do this for you for money (something of the order of $US 50). You can do this, but it is not official.
Is the Star Registry legit?
The International Star Registry is not in the business of officially assigning star names; it is in the business of finding people willing to part with their money for a piece of paper that in a scientific sense means precisely nothing. Is ISR’s star-naming business therefore a scam? No, not legally.
How much does it cost to name a star after someone?
Here, you will need to visit a recognized website, which will then help you name the star after yourself or someone else. In general, simply naming a standard star would cost roughly $50. When you log in to the website dedicated to selling the star, they will show you the exact position of the star in the sky.
How do I adopt a NASA star?
These are confirmed planetary systems identified in the NASA Exoplanet Archive. All of these stars have an official Kepler or K2 number. Choose your star by entering its star #, enter the name you wish to appear on the certificate, then click Donate Now. Use the Shopping Cart to adopt many stars with a single payment.
How much do stars cost?
When you buy a star, we offer a variety of packages to choose from that meets everyone’s budget. 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.