We are PROUD to say that we do not make these claims. Each star we name is unique, and we will
never name your star again for someone else. Only 9,000-10,000 stars are considered to be visible
(6 magnitude or brighter) under the most optimal conditions.
A current standard for the designation of binary star systems is the U.S. Naval Observatory's
Washington Double Star Catalog. WDS has expanded in the past decades, but due to the small number
of measures per system, establishing which cataloged objects are true physical binary systems is
possible only for a small subset of stars. Currently, despite the designation of over 100,000
objects which appear to be binary systems, only about 2500 are classified as "High Probability"
true binary systems.
We originally began assigning names for previously numbered stars derived from the Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory catalog of stars which included single stars and a limited number of
verified true binary star systems. As the stars in that catalog were exhausted and technology
progressed we moved to a more modern catalog of the stars. We now derive all of the coordinates
from the NASA's Hubble Guide Star Catalog which contains many millions of unnamed stars.
Although there are companies that claim to offer consumers the opportunity to name a pair of
binary stars or to name visible stars, based on the numbers of stars these companies claim to have
named, they would have to name the same stars multiple times. These imposter companies have also
never published a star catalog.
Instead, we promise that the star you name will retain its name with us forever. We will not rename
any star once it has been named, including the visible stars and binary star systems named in the
1970's and 1980's.