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.
How do you buy a star for someone?
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.
How much does it cost to name a star after someone?
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.
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.
Can I buy a star from NASA?
NASA has nothing to do with star names and naming stars at all. The only organization which publishes stars named by the scientific community, is the IAU (International Astronomical Union). This means that if you want to name a star as a gift for someone, NASA isn’t the place to go to.
Can I name a star for free?
Every star has a profile page, and when it is named, it can also be given a dedication. The star-naming certificate can be customized in many ways, and it can be downloaded directly from the star’s profile page. Staracle isn’t the only website that takes free star naming seriously.