Saturday, 22 Jun 2024

The Galaxy at Your Fingertips: How to Name a Star

Man has always been fascinated by the night sky and its mysteries. Looking up at the stars and constellations has always been a humbling experience for humans. We have adorned the stars with stories and mythology and even named them. Naming a star has become a popular and unique way to cherish our loved ones or special occasions. In this blog post, we will explore all things related to naming a star, including what it means to name a star, how to do it, and finally, some frequently asked questions about how to name a star.

What is a “Named” Star?

Naming a star is essentially symbolic and is done through various registries that offer this service. It means that you are not officially naming a star that has been recognized by the scientific community. However, you are associating your chosen name with a specific star, which will be listed on a registry. The names given to the stars are often personal, romantic, or creative, and are a gesture of love or affection for someone special or a way to commemorate an important event.

How to Name a Star

Naming a star is now easier than ever with numerous registries available online, offering this service. To register a star, all you need to do is choose your star’s location and name, select a package of your choice and make the payment. Most registries offer a variety of packages, including a certificate, a star map, and a constellation book that gives more information about your star location. Some also include a small telescope, which allows you to see your star and its location in the night sky.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about naming a star:

How long does it take?

The time it takes for your registration to be confirmed varies from registry to registry. Some offer instant confirmation and email you the certificate and map straight away, while others can take up to a few weeks. Most registries do offer express shipping for an additional cost.

Can I choose any name?

While you can choose any name you would like, some registries have set naming conventions where you can only use specific characters. Some also do not allow offensive or derogatory names.

Can I see my named star?

While your named star may not be visible to the naked eye, you will receive a map with its exact location, and some registries include a small telescope. You can also use a smartphone app that will show you the exact location in the night sky.

Is naming a star an official naming?

No, naming a star is a symbolic gesture and not recognized by the scientific community. The official naming of stars is done by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for scientific purposes.

What is the cost of naming a star?

The cost of naming a star varies depending on the package you choose and the registry. Some can be as low as $20, while others can cost up to hundreds of dollars.


Naming a star has become a unique and special way to commemorate an important event or cherish your loved ones. While it may not be an official naming recognized by the scientific community, it still holds sentimental value. With numerous registries available online, naming a star has become more accessible than ever. Now, you too can have the galaxy at your fingertips, and a star named after you or someone special.