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 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 there an official Star Registry?
As you can see from any Google search, the only “official” star registry is published by the International Astronomical Union, or IAU. So if you name a star with a star naming company, your name isn’t “official” either.
How much does it cost to have a star named after you?
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.
How do you legally name a star?
Registration. Your star will be registered in the Registry. Through a unique naming number, which will also appear in your certificate, you can retrieve your record anywhere in the world, at any time.