Naming a star is actually quite simple. It can really be a good gift for your girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, father, sibling, or anyone who’s special to you. This may sound intriguing but it is possible through some commercial companies who are offering you the chance to buy and name a star for yourself or your loved ones.
Buying and naming a star is considered to be one of the most heartfelt gifts anyone can give and receive. The symbol of star denotes a great value to humans as it means possible eternity of our lives and the vastness of the universe.
You can also name a star through online registration. There are about 20 languages available in choosing the name of your star. All you need to do is to share the name of your choice and select a zodiac sign and a star will be automatically picked for you. You are also allowed to add your personal dedication or message alongside the star chart. After providing all the details needed and paying the designated fee, the person you’ve chosen will be given a personalized certificate with his/her name and a constellation chart with the exact location of his/her star.
However, when you buy a star and name a star from these companies, the claims will only be official between you and the commercial company hence is not recognized by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The only official agency that has the authority to legally name a star or any other celestial objects is the International Astronomical Union (IAU). There are standardized rules and regulations on how to name the objects wherein none involve the exchange of cash.
Steps on how to name a star
There are actually only two easy steps in naming a star which are the key elements needed for star registration. These are as follows:
- First is you need to choose a name for the specific star. The name will be similar to the person the star is named after. You can also customize the name for example the combined name of you and your partner or your family’s name. Every star registration is connected to a unique star code hence there is no need to worry if the name you’ve chosen is already taken because you can still register any name that you desire the most. However, there is a limit on how many characters are allowed per name that is usually about 20 characters. This would also depend on your country or the language that has been used. You can still change the name as well if you’ve made an error before the gift pack has been sent.
- After you’ve chosen a name for your star, you are also required to choose a date for the star. The default date is the present day but it can either be from past or present also depending on which is your preference. Most people’s choices are the dates which have a sentimental meaning or value for them. Examples are the wedding day, birthday, the day you first met, or any occasions which can be related to such.