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The International Astronomical Union is only OFFICIAL agency which names stars and other celestial objects.
The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr.

Further, the official-looking star charts that commonly accompany a "purchased star name" are the Becvar charts excerpted from the _Atlas Coeli 1950.0_. [Other star atlases such as _Atlas Borealis_ may be used instead.] While these are legitimate charts, published by Sky Publishing Corporation, they have been modified by the private "star name" business unofficially.
A third of a million stars to a faintness of ninth magnitude are listed by "BD numbers." The _Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Catalog_, _The Yale Star Catalog_, and _The Henry Draper Catalog_ published by Harvard College Observatory all are widely used by astronomers.
The International Planetarium Society’s Guidelines on Star Naming SELLING STAR NAMES The star names recognized and used by scientists are those that have been published by astronomers at credible scientific institutions.
Private groups in business to make money may claim to "name a star for you or a loved one, providing the perfect for many occasions." One organization offers to register that name in a Geneva, Switzerland, vault and to place that name in their beautiful copyrighted catalog.
The Supernova of 1987 (Supernova 1987A), one of the major astronomical events of this century, was identified with the star named SK -69 202 in the very specialized catalog, the _Deep Objective Prism Survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud_, published by the Warner and Swasey Observatory.
Unfortunately, there are instances of news media describing the purchase of a star name, apparently not realizing that they are promoting a money-making business only and not science.
Your star name and message will be recorded in our database and in an orbital SSI ARCHIVE, but no star-naming service changes the scientific designations of stars.
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The Name a Star Gift Box includes everything you need to register your star with the Star Registry as well as the astronomical details to locate it in the night sky.
The Name a Star Gift Box includes the astronomical details for locating your star in the night sky.
Answer: Your purchase of the Name a Star Gift Box covers all registration charges for your recipient.
Everything you need to name your very own star is included inside the Name a Star Gift Box.
With the Name a Star Gift Box, the recipient will have all of the necessary material to bestow a name upon their very own star.
Inside the Name a Star Gift Box is a "Star Details" sheet.
With the Name a Star Gift Box, you can officially assign any name you desire to one of these fiery balls of gas.
After registration, you’ll receive a confirmation certificate detailing your star’s new name.
But what about the companies that will offer to let you name a star? Each of these companies maintains their own private database containing stars from the catalog and associated star names.
In fact, it’s possible that the star you’ve named with one organization will be given a different name by another group.
Your stars name is reserved in International Star Registry ® records only.
International Star Registry ® star naming is not recognized by the scientific community.
NAME A STAR FOR ANY OCCASION Welcome to the International Star Registry! Buy and name a star for any occasion right from this site.
Flowers, cards, and candy are nice; when you name a star for a loved one, your gift will stand the test of time.
As the original star naming company, we have been naming stars for people since 1979.
Only visible stars We only name stars that are clearly visible from whole USA / Canada! If you do not like the star we named for you, or should you be dissatisfied with our service, we will name another star for you or refund you the full purchase price.
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DISCLAIMER and Star-Naming Registry is a private registry service and is not affiliated with any governmental entities or educational institutions.
Each star naming that we process is recorded in this registry and can thus be retrieved at any time.
 The IAU frequently receives requests from individuals who want to buy stars or name stars after other persons.  Some commercial enterprises purport to offer such services for a fee.  However, such "names" have no formal or official validity whatever: A few bright stars have ancient, traditional Arabic names, but otherwise stars have just catalogue numbers and positions on the sky.  Similar rules on "buying" names apply to star clusters and galaxies as well.  For bodies in the Solar System , special procedures for assigning official names apply (see the IAU theme "Naming Astronomical Objects"), but in no case are commercial transactions involved.
Thus, like true and many other of the best things in human life, the beauty of the night sky is not for sale, but is free for all to enjoy.  True, the ‘gift’ of a star may open someone’s eyes to the beauty of the night sky.  This is indeed a worthy goal, but it does not justify deceiving people into believing that real star names can be bought like any other commodity.  Despite some misleading hype several companies compete in this business, both nationally and internationally.  And already in our own Milky Way there may be millions of stars with planets whose inhabitants have equal or better rights than we to name ‘their’ star, just as humans have done with the Sun (which of course itself has different names in different languages).
A: Simply this: Names assigned by the IAU are recognized and used by scientists, space agencies, and authorities worldwide.  When observing stars and planets or launching space missions to them, or reporting about them in the news, everybody needs to know exactly which location a particular name refers to.  The names assigned by the IAU are those that are used.  These rules are firm where claims of property could theoretically be made, i.e. primarily in the solar system (where also treaties negotiated through the United Nations apply).  Terrestrial makers of international have so far had more urgent concerns than creating rules for "buying" totally inaccessible corners of infinite space, so there is no written text that can be twisted and interpreted – just a plain and practical fact.
A: The factual reason for giving an object a designation is to make it possible to find it again for further studies.  Names are fine for small groups of well-known objects, like the planets or naked-eye stars, but useless for huge numbers – remember, we know hundreds of millions of stars!  Precise coordinates (positions in the sky), possibly found via a catalogue number, provide an exact identification.  The same is actually true for humans:  Finding Maria Gonzalez in Argentina or John Smith in Britain just from their names is pretty hopeless, but if you know their precise address (perhaps from their social security number) you can contact them without knowing their name at all.
Is naming a star for $0.00 really the same? Yes, it is!  Click here to find out why.
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There are many other web-sites that charge a lot of money for naming stars.
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Sydney Observatory’s Name A Star program enables you to associate a name with a star in our Sydney Southern Star Catalogue (SSSC) — compiled by Sydney Observatory during its time as a research facility and published in 1983 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.
The Name A Star program does offer naming rights in the Sydney Southern Star Catalogue which was observed, photographed, measured and catalogued at Sydney Observatory.
Name A Star links a name with a star in our catalogue and your donation funds the heritage and collection program at Sydney Observatory, a non-profit organisation, part of the Powerhouse Museum*.
* Please note, Sydney Observatory’s Name A Star program does not offer international naming rights to the star.
It does not recognize International Star Registry right to name stars.The IAU cautions consumers that products and services marketed by ISR and other companies have no formal or official validity whatsoever.
Name a Star offers a way for non-astronomers to show their love and respect to others by assigning the names of loved ones to stars – stars that are otherwise only listed as numbers in Astrophysical Observatory Catalogs.
Name a Star offers a way for non-astronomers to show their love and respect to others by assigning the names of loved ones to stars – stars that are otherwise listed as numbers in Astrophysical Observatory Catalogs.
Once the download is complete click on the Sky view button on the toolbar or go to the view menu and click "switch to sky".  You can then use the celestial address from your Name a Star Certificate or your star charts and the program will take you to a view of your star! Click here to go to the Google Earth website.  Google Earth is not affiliated with Name a Star and provides their own support for this website.
Name a Star uses the Smithsonian astrophysical catalog when assigning names to stars.
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Name a Star reserves the right to use an alternative shipping method that is less expensive then the method designated at the time the order is placed.
Name a Star uses the Smithsonian Catalogs of stars that have magnitudes of 10 or less.
When Name a Star began in 1978, this wasn't an issue because we were the only company in the business of naming stars.
Oprah surprised a guest on the show with two Name a Star Memorial Stars.
Some sites are clear about the fact that star naming isn’t official, and they make this symbolic naming process "real" in other ways.  For instance, Name A Star Live includes a prepaid code that lets you view your star on a live, web-enabled telescope on the Canary Islands (they also launch star names and messages into space, where they remain in an orbiting ‘space archive’, which strikes me as just as permanent and official as copywriting a list of star names in the library of congress.  NameAStarLive uses their star naming service to help fund their scientific launches (they are a real aerospace company and have been sending various payloads to space since 1982, so the revenues raised by including star names with their payload reduces their costs).
There seems to be some buzz among certain up-tight bloggers that star registration companies are a scam and a rip-off.  Well, I guess it depends what you think you’re getting.  As you can see from any Google search, the only "official" star registry is published by the International Astronomical Union, or IAU.  The IAU has nothing to do with NASA, and in fact NASA doesn’t have anything to do with star names and never has.  The IAU catalog is the main catalog used by astronomers, and every star in it is referred to by a number, not a name – each star has exact coordinates, and then a catalog number (and there are several catalogs too!), but all the catalogs use numbers.  So if you consider these catalogs to be "official", like most people do, you would still be faced with several different ways of referring to a given star – but they’d all be numbers, not names.
There is an observatory in Australia that offers not only to "register" a star name in their database (not anything official, they disclose – it their own star catalog, the Sydney Southern Star Catalog, which they pubished originally in 1983 before they even thought of using star naming as a way to get people exccited about astronomy and provide needed funds for their observatory), but also to let you come to the observatory with your friends to view your star with a real astronomer!  Sounds like a romantic evening if it’s not too cold.
Name a star, I said? And she took out the certificate of the Online Star Register and gave it to me as my birthday gift, I was left dumbfounded, stunned, dazed at the way she had planned it out.
Each time I have used the Online Star Register website for sending a gift, the recipients have been pleasantly surprised and excited about naming a star after them.
Online Star Register, thank you so much for your name a star service and for successfully sending a star for me on four separate occasions.
The gift pack contains a detailed map and the exact coordinates of the star, so the recipient can find the star in the sky or online using Google Sky.
I recieved the gift of the Online Star Register (name a star) for my 26th birthday by my girlfriend.
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It definitely has been my best birthday ever and I would like to thank the whole team of the Online Star Register website for being a part of my birthday and for making it very memorable and special.
To me, the possibility to name a star is a real multi-purpose gift and each time the recipient has been pleasantly surprised and enthusiastic.
When I opened my gift certificate sent by Online Star Register, I was absolutely amazed.
Who could have ever imagined that you can send a name a star gift to your loved ones on special occasions! Great Stuff.
New and free for a limited time: in addition to the gift pack you’ll also receive a star page that makes this gift even more personal, unique and valuable.
I would sincerely like to thank name a star for their prompt service every time I needed them.
I was looking for something different for a valentine’s gift for my boyfriend for valentine’s day… we were reunited after 28 years and felt it was our destiny to be together- so I gave him a star and named it "destiny".
When I showed my fiancé his star to him on his birthday, his eyes lit up and he was so pumped to have received a gift so epic! He talks about his star all the time and I truly felt blessed I could give him something almost as amazing as him.
It helped grow a stronger bond between my boyfriend’s daughter and myself as I helped her put together the Star Dedication for her father for Father’s Day this year.
When my daughter in law was fighting cancer and things looked less than stellar (see, stellar – star, how appropriate is that!), the star was perfect.
My star was the beginning of a scavenger hunt holding a message that lead me to hot chocolate, a cashmere blanket and an incredible lookout spot with a telescope.
I dedicated my star to my now fiancé for Valentine’s Day.
No private company has the authority to name stars.") but what if the star was "named" for a dead child? Suddenly, one is placed in the position of either telling them the truth and breaking their hearts, or going along with their request, showing them the star, not saying anything, and becoming silent partners with the star-namers.
However, no private company has ever been granted the authority to name stars by any government, professional astronomical organization, or international treaty.
Bottom line, remember, is that no private company or individual has ever been given the authority to name stars.
If they’ve hung around after being told – kindly, and gently, but truthfully – that they’be been conned, I’ll show them Saturn’s rings shining like glowing hoops around the planet and tell them that they used to be a moon before it was shattered in a cataclysmic collision… I’ll show them the lavendar and grey whirls and whorls of the Orion Nebula and tell them there are stars being born in there… I’ll show them the breath-on-glass fog of M31 and tell them that they’re looking at a haze of stars 2 million light years away… I’ll show them the salt and pepper stars of M15 and tell them that if they lived on a world whipping around one of those suns their night sky would be ablaze with beacons of light… and I’ll tell them to look up, at the sky above them, and tell them that each of the stars twinkling there is a sun, a distant sun, and that if there are aliens “out there” then our sun is just a star twinkling in their sky after their own sun has set.
People have told me “It’s just a bit of fun, stop taking it so seriously!” and okay, yes, maybe that’s true, but on the other hand they haven’t seen the look on a person’s face when they’ve learned that the star they thought they’d named after a deceased loved one or a beloved fiance or wife isn’t actually called that after all.
If you have problems with people buying stars, I’m sort of curious about your take on the selling of extra-terrestrial real estate, such as parcels on the Moon, Mars, or elsewhere? What is worse is that these guys are con-artists who are claiming to be actually conveying a title to a hunk of territory, as opposed to most companies who sell the naming of stars only admit to “registering the name with the copyright office” or some other silly practice that claims official government sanctioning of the act.
You’d tell them to take a hike – or use a rather more to-the-point bit of Anglo-Saxon language! Now, would you be tempted to buy one of those things for a friend or relation or loved one, thinking they might then develop an interest in Oriental history, civil engineering or sculpting? No, of course you wouldn’t! The whole star naming thing is no different.
Having just found out that my husband has named a star with my pasted daughters name to give me for Christmas makes me feel warm inside, I didnâ™t get to see my baby not even a picture and dealing with day to day life knowing you have lost the most important part of your life and not having any evidence of this is very hard to continue, I shall look to the sky at night and look at the stars and know that my daughter is looking down on me.
If naming a star brings great comfort to people who have lost some one special and they will feel better thinking that a star in the sky is there with a loved ones name on then why not just let them have there star and leave them alone.
I don’t think they’re fine for things such as memorial things and I believe this is where a lot of people are angry at such, people pay for them and are mislead into thinking that just one person has been named upon that star… It’s an over whelming emotion I guess.. So when mislead it’s kind of heartbreaking, when things such as planting a tree with a memorial plate, or a bench as such and so on.. would be a lot more worth it.. I was gifted one of these by my Aunt a few years back as a christmas present, it’s a lovely thing to have, and a lovely present to give.. I was thinking about it for valentines actually, as a little sum’in sum’in.
I personally believe that the whole naming a star is a great idea it does bring peace and an unbelievable feeling that only a person that wants to name a star or do something special for the reason that someone has past away or even giving to a loved one to show how much they care would understand.
Surely, if people realise that you can’t really name a star after them, their emotional well-being is not going to benefit from this gift is it? They’ll just feel faintly embarrassed; I do.
Sure the star is not recognized by Nasa or the IAU but YOU named it, the companies give you true coordinates to a real star, you get a certificate and a star map… I’m guessing most people don’t even know how to locate the star with the given coordinates anyway so they are just looking to the heavens smiling and pretending anyway.
Instead, you could make your own certificate and get him another gift with the £15 (like the sapling)? If you chose a star yourself – and you can pick one that you can find by eye instead of it being too faint to see in binoculars – you’ve then put more thought and effort into it.
Santa isn’t bloody real and we spend thousands buying gifts and telling our children that he is real and he’s going to drop all the children in the worlds presents off in one night, to make them HAPPY AND JOYFUL so if a star does that for some one else they’re not Dumb or anything else that people are calling them!! Have a heart for gods sake.
And to anyone else that has been disappointed with the selfless posts I wouldnâ™t pay any attention only you can decide whatâ™s best and I no that for me, having my baby live on in a star is better then not having her at all, And I can say I managed to do something nice for her that will last a life time and never be forgotten.
Star Foundation Network prides itself on being "the only Star Naming Service that gives to Charity up to 25% of the total proceeds from all of the Star Packages purchased by its customers!" When you buy a star, you will receive personal gratification knowing such a large portion of the proceeds from your special gift will go directly to benefit one of these charity partners.
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