Taking Home the Heavens – Buy a Star Today

    Mathew Philips

    Have you ever wanted to immortalize someone special in your life by buying them a star? It’s an increasingly popular way to give a unique and meaningful gift, but it can be hard to know what you’re actually getting for your money. Before you make the purchase, it’s important that you understand what buying a star entails. Here’s everything you need to know before buying a star.

     

    First, it’s important to understand that the stars you buy are not actually real stars. The term “star-naming” is used when referring to buying a star because it does not refer to an actual star in the night sky but rather a virtual one. Star names and coordinates are recorded in an online star registry, but not in any official astronomical databases. It’s important to understand that the stars you buy are not actually real stars because they won’t be visible with a telescope or binoculars and can’t be located in an astronomy book or almanac.

    What is Being Bought?

     

    When people buy stars, they aren't physically purchasing any celestial object – they're simply naming one. In reality, there are no privately owned stars in the universe; the International Astronomical Union is responsible for officially naming stars and other celestial bodies, but anyone can name their own star as long as it hasn't been named before. Companies that sell stars typically have databases of stars that haven't yet been given official names, which customers can choose from when making their purchase.

     

    You may also have the option of selecting an already-named star from an online catalog. While these are not official names from the International Astronomical Union, they often have sentimental or historical significance – for instance, some companies offer customers the chance to name a star after someone famous who has recently passed away or was born on a certain day.

     

    In addition to naming rights, companies will often provide buyers with certificates of authenticity and documents such as maps of the night sky so that they can easily locate the star they've purchased once it's dark outside. Of course, all of this comes at a cost; depending on where you go and what sort of package you purchase, prices can range anywhere from $50-$100 or more.

     

    How Do You Receive Your Star?

     

    Once you've made your purchase and chosen your desired star name in an online catalog (or come up with your own creative moniker), the company will send out an official certificate confirming that the name is yours forevermore within 1-2 weeks after payment is received. If you want something sooner than that timeframe allows for (say if it's a last minute birthday present), some companies offer express delivery options for an additional fee.                                                                                                                                                                

     

    Buying a star isn’t like purchasing property – no one owns any actual celestial objects – but it does give people the chance to honor loved ones with something truly unique and memorable. With so many different packages available through various vendors worldwide, there’s sure to be something for everyone when it comes time to immortalize someone special in your life by giving them their very own star! Just remember all of this advice when deciding which option is best for you!