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Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to International Star Registry, the original star naming company! We have been naming stars for people since 1979. Celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and people all over the world have used our services to buy a star for friends and family. Name a star for someone special.
How can I buy a star?
1. International Star Registry will select a special star in the sky and record your Star Name
and Star Date for you.
2. You will receive a star naming package that includes a beautiful parchment Star
Certificate, a Sky Chart with your name, and the star's coordinates.
3. When you name a star it will be permanently recorded in Your Place in the Cosmos, the
only published listing of named stars in the world! Each volume is copyrighted in the
United States of America and available for purchase for future generations to refer to
Flowers, cards, and candy are nice; when you name a star for a loved one, your gift will stand
the test of time. When you buy a star from us, you will be purchasing an unforgettable gift that
you can share forever.
Browse our site to discover the different star naming kits we have available and place your order
Q: Can I buy a star package online?
A: Yes. You may name a star by clicking HERE.
Q: When I name a star, will you email an Order Confirmation?
A: Yes. We will send an order confirmation with your order number to the email address you provide and a second email when your order is complete. If you do not receive an order confirmation, please check your spam folder and then contact Customer Service or call us at call us at 1-800-282-3333 for assistance. We will be glad to check your order’s status and solve any outstanding problems, or verify that your order is correct and being processed.
Q: I didn't receive an order confirmation. Why not?
A: Please check your spam folder. If you still do not locate it we are happy to help, please call us at 1-800-282-3333 or email Customer Servicefor assistance.
Q: I didn’t receive an order confirmation? My address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Some email addresses are protected by firewalls that prevent the receipt of emails from unknown sources. Please call our office for order confirmation.
Q: Can order by phone?
A: Yes. Call 1-800-282-3333. Our operators will be happy to assist you.
Q: Can I name a star online?
A: Yes. You may name a star by clicking HERE.
Q: Can I name a star by phone?
A: Yes. Please call 1-800-282-3333. Our operators will be happy to assist you.
Q: Can I buy a star package and pay by check?
A: Yes. We will hold your order until we receive your check. Once your check has been received, we will record the star name and sent your exclusive Star Registry® package.
Q: Can I order a star package C.O.D
A: No, like other companies, we do not send our personalized items C.O.D.
Q: Can name a star using my credit card or PayPal?
A: Yes. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Pay Pal.
Q: When I buy a star package, when can I expect to receive it?
A: Most packages are shipped via USPS and are usually received in the continental US within 5-12 business days. You can also call our office at (800)282-3333 AFTER your order is processed, or email email@example.com to receive a PDF of your package via email. We have express overnight or 2nd day shipping available if you would like to receive your name a star package more quickly
Q: I want to know how to buy a star package for someone overseas, when will the material arrive?
A: Star packages shipped from the US take from 4 to 14 business days to arrive, depending on the location, customs, and other possible variables. You can also call our office at (800)282-3333 AFTER your order is processed email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a PDF of your package via email. International Star Registry is a truly international company. We have offices located in Canada, Australia, Asia, and Europe that may be able to deliver to you faster. Please visit our affiliate page for a list of our partners.
Q: Can you ship my name a star gift directly to the recipient?
A: Yes. We can ship your package where you specify. If you order several items, we can ship each item wherever you wish. An International Star Registry gift enclosure card can be included at no charge. Please indicate how you would like to have the card signed.
Q: Once I adopt a star, can you ship my registration materials overseas?
A: Yes. We can ship your package to over 140 countries worldwide.
Q: I am not in the US. Do you have offices that are closer to me?
A: We are the International Star Registry World Headquarters. We have affiliates around the world. Please see our affiliate page for a list of our partners.
Q: What does the S/H mean?
A: S/H refers to "Shipping and Handling".
Q: Is there a Constellation that is visible from Australia and the US?
A: Yes, when you name a star after someone, there are many terrific choices viewable from both the US and residents in the Southern Hemisphere. You may choose to name a star in the recipient’s zodiac sign or choose from many equatorial constellations, including Canis Major, Orion, Lepus, Monoceros, Aquila, and Ophiuchus. Residents of Canada and Northern Europe may have difficulty finding some of these constellations along the southern horizon. We recommend the constellation Orion for them, since the bright stars of the belt make the constellation easy to locate.
Q: What is the Visual Magnitude and where do I find it?
A: The visual magnitude of the star you name is a measure of that star’s brightness. Magnitude is listed as a value between -2 and +30 with higher numbers for dimmer stars. The human eye can only see stars brighter than magnitude 6. We will never rename a star once it has been named for someone special. For viewing, you will need to be in a dark area, away from light pollution, and use binoculars or a telescope to identify the star you have named in the sky. You may also email Customer Service and we can send you a link to find your star online using “Worldwide Telescope”. The names of the stars and the visual magnitude are printed on every International Star Registry star chart.
Q: What Gift Packages are available?
A: We provide three basic package options. The Custom Star Kit package includes the name of the star on a lovely 12" x 16" International Star Registry® parchment certificate of record, a large sky chart with the location of the star indicated, a booklet about astronomy, and a letter of congratulations this option is unframed. The Deluxe Star Kit includes all of the components of the Star Registry® Custom Star Kit, but you have a choice of custom framing options for the International Star Registry certificate. Your certificate will be beautifully matted and framed. A convenient wallet sized data card is also included. The Ultimate Star Kit is similar to the Deluxe Star Kit, but both the certificate AND the sky chart indicating the name of the star and the star’s location is professionally framed to match the certificate as well. Please visit our Star Package Overview page for more information.
Q: When can I see my star?
A: Viewing times for the stars vary according to the constellation. Please call our office at (800)282-3333 or email Customer Service. We will be glad to help you with your questions or at least steer you in the right direction!
Q: Can I name a star that I can see it with the naked eye?
A: The human eye can only see stars brighter than magnitude 6. Every star is unique and we will never rename a star once it has been named for someone special. You will be naming a star that can be viewed using a telescope or binoculars. You may also email Customer Service and we can send you a link to find your star online using “Worldwide Telescope”. The precise telescopic coordinates, the names of the stars and the visual magnitude are printed on every International Star Registry star chart.
Q: How do I locate my star?
A: The precise telescopic coordinates, the names of the stars and the visual magnitude are printed on every International Star Registry star chart. You may also email Customer Service and we can send you a link to find your star online using “Worldwide Telescope”.
Q: Do you have an online list of star names?
A: Yes, you may find stars named after 2003 at http://www.starregistry.com/namestars/. You can find named stars at www.yourplaceinthecosmos.com. You can also receive additional online search information by emailing Customer Service. We publish record all of the star names in the book, Your Place in the Cosmos. You may contact Customer Service to find out which volume your recorded star name appears in.
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