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How to Name a Star

Updated on October 30, 2012

Did you know that you can name a star in the sky to memorialize yourself or commemorate a loved one? Well, kind of. The truth is that as far as star-naming goes, the official folks only name them by numbers and don't actually allow individuals down here on Earth to pay to name a star after someone. However, there are several organizations out there offering "name a star" programs. And while you don't actually get official recognition of your star name by the scientific folks who write the astronomy books, you do get a certificate recognizing that you have selected the name of a particular star for a particular reason.

This might not be motivation enough to get you to buy a star with your name on it. Although, being able to point to a star in the sky and tell your kids that it's named after you is kind of cool. But it does offer a great opportunity for a gift. You can name a star after a loved friend or family member. They'll receive a certificate showing which star is theirs and that it's been named after them. It may not be scientifically accurate but it's certainly a romantic gesture that can definitely be appreciated. It's particularly potent for people who are going to be separated for long periods of time, because they can look up at the star in the sky which commemorates that they are thinking of one another.

So, now that you have the information about the official and unofficial applicability of naming a star, do you still want to know how to name a star? If so, here's what you need to do:

  1. Select the company that you are going to choose to go with for naming a star. There are a number of companies around that you can access via the Internet. They each offer more or less the same thing but the details differ so you should shop around to make sure that you're getting what you want. Some popular choices include The International Star Registry, Name a Star, and Star Namer.
  2. Select one of the packages offered by the company. Most "name a star" companies offer two or three different packages that you can get to share with the loved one that you bought the star for (or show off to people if you name the star after yourself). For example, International Star Registry offers three packages - standard, deluxe and ultimate.
  3. Make sure that you know what you're getting with your package and what the fees will be. At the minimum, you should be getting a document which shows the new name of the star, the location of the star in the sky and the age of the star. You may also get a map showing the star, information about the constellation which the star is a part of and other materials. You should get some sort of certificate with the name of the star, along with a frame to display this certificate.
  4. Place your order online, by phone or by mail and await the arrival of your materials. Once they arrive, you officially (or rather, unofficially) have named a star.


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    Kiera 8 years ago

    Here is a great place to get your star from: Name a Star here. Reccomended

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    Mark Stubbs 9 years ago

    Make sure you buy a star from somewhere that covers the part of the sky you can 'see' from your location - people in Australia see a different part of the sky, so they should make sure that the star is not only visible from North America, and vice versa.