Name A Star

About
The Name A Star gift is a sentimental novelty gift that is extremely popular around the world. You can have a star registered in the name of a loved one and get a fabulous star package delivered to them. The standard package will include a registration certicate, star map and other related documents.

In ancient times, stars that were visible to the naked eye were named in different languages by people from far-reaching parts of the world. All cultures created magical stories about the stars, and they were connected by their fascination for the night sky.

With the aid of the telescope, many more stars are now known, and even more are being discovered each day. These new stars are surveyed and located very precisely. Then they are given official identification numbers that are published in several astrophysical catalogs for astronomers, professional and amateur, world-wide. The International Astronomical Union names newly discovered celestial bodies such as comets and asteroids. The brightest stars have names, but most stars are merely listed in astrophysical catalogs by number. This number makes it easier to locate the star in the sky. Scientists would never be able to find “Aunt Martha’s Star.”

Name a Star services offer 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. Your star name is added to our centralized database and privately accessible to you.
How does registration happen?
The registration for stars is done by registries in UK and US depending on where you've purchased your gift from. The package containing the registration and other details is shipped out by the respective company to the purchaser's address. Sometimes this may be done by the local distributor in your country of purchase.
Is the star allocated to me unique?
The registered star that is assigned to you is unique and no-one else gets the same star.
How do scientists follow the registry?
Stars in the sky have different names which are combinations of letters and numbers as assigned by scientists. This is the registree that scientists will follow.
Can I see the star for the NAME A STAR product in the sky?
The gift pack contains all information - including star coordinates, location of the star and a booklet to identify your star in the sky. However, due to pollution levels in most cities it may be difficult to spot the star without expertise and professional equipment.
What is the Intergalactic Star Database?
The Intergalactic Star Database would like to state that although we take great pride in our product and service, it is sold as a fun gift and scientific and astronomical institutes will continue to reference and name stars by number only. It is also possible that alternative star naming companies could allocate your star with a different name on their database. The Intergalactic Star Database has no affiliation with any other star naming companies and can assure you that once a star has been allocated on our database it cannot be renamed or re-allocated.
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