The Ultimate Guide to Name a Star and Buy a Star Package

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

International Star registry 45th anniversary logo surrounded by stars.

Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wished you could name a star? Thanks to the visionary concept introduced by International Star Registry (ISR), you can turn that dream into reality. ISR pioneered the practice of naming stars as a gift, opening up the cosmos to people worldwide. Since its inception in 1979, ISR has been committed to inclusivity and accessibility, allowing individuals from all corners of the globe to participate. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the fascinating world of naming and buying a star, shedding light on the process and the profound significance it holds.


The Birth of a Celestial Tradition

Before ISR entered the scene, astronomers and observatories worldwide had compiled their own star listings. In 1979, ISR saw an opportunity to create something unique – a catalog that would welcome anyone, regardless of their location or background, to name a star. The alpha-numeric listing system they introduced revolutionized the experience, enabling individuals to pay a fee and become part of this celestial catalog. In return, star buyers receive an exquisite gift package and the privilege of having their chosen star’s name immortalized in the world’s only published listing of named stars – “Your Place in the Cosmos,” registered in the U.S. Copyright Office.


A Star for Every Occasion

ISR’s celestial naming service has transcended boundaries, attracting a diverse array of clientele. From royalty and dignitaries to beloved celebrities and individuals from every corner of the globe, people have embraced the opportunity to name a star. The reasons are as varied as the stars themselves. Some wish to dedicate a star as a poignant memorial to a cherished loved one, while others seek to celebrate special milestones like birthdays, anniversaries, or the arrival of a new family member. Regardless of the occasion, there is no greater honor than bestowing a name upon a star. Each named star and its precise coordinates are meticulously documented in the hardcover compendium “Your Place in the Cosmos,” serving as a timeless record of each celestial namesake.


A Cosmic Tapestry of History

The practice of naming stars is deeply rooted in human history, spanning millennia. Early astronomers, storytellers, and mystics often christened stars based on ancient mythology, weaving celestial narratives into the night sky. From these early traditions emerged modern scientific catalogs, listing stars with precision. ISR, however, bridges the gap between ancient myth and contemporary astronomy, offering a unique opportunity to name a numbered star, thus preserving this rich heritage. The star names and telescopic coordinates are permanently etched into ISR’s copyrighted catalog, ensuring they are accessible to future generations. This cosmos comes to life through the famous full-color certificates, adorned with the star name and telescopic coordinates in elegant calligraphy, included in each star package. A complementary sky chart, indicating the star’s location with a prominent circle, enhances the celestial experience.


Democratizing the Cosmos

ISR firmly believes that the stars above do not belong exclusively to the scientific community but are a celestial heritage shared by all. While the International Astronomical Union (IAU) designates celestial names and classifications for scientific purposes, it does so infrequently and often does not recognize names from non-Western cultures. ISR’s mission is to make the cosmos accessible to everyone, transcending boundaries and providing an avenue for anyone to buy a star kit and name a numbered star. ISR meticulously records these names and coordinates, ensuring that future generations can locate these celestial gems with ease.


Guardians of Authenticity

In the vast expanse of the celestial naming universe, there are also impostors seeking to capitalize on the allure of the stars. Numerous companies have attempted to copy ISR’s trademarks or create variations of its name. It is crucial to differentiate between these impostors and International Star Registry. The stars they claim to name are not recorded with ISR, leaving no lasting records. Many of these firms have accepted payments only to vanish, leaving their celestial promises unfulfilled. Alarmingly, some impostors claim to name more stars than are visible in the night sky.


The ISR Seal of Authenticity

International Star Registry stands as the vanguard of authenticity and permanence in the realm of celestial naming. It is the sole entity worldwide to produce a permanently published and copyrighted listing of named stars. ISR’s dedication to authenticity is reaffirmed by the registration of ten volumes of its star catalog with the United States Copyright Office. The star coordinates are meticulously derived from the NASA Hubble Guide Star Catalog, ensuring unparalleled precision and accuracy. Importantly, each star is named only once, preserving the uniqueness of each celestial entity.


ISR’s Commitment to Excellence

With its headquarters in the United States, ISR is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, boasting an esteemed A+ rating. This recognition underscores ISR’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality and service. ISR’s dedication to its mission, combined with its pledge to authenticity, has earned it the trust and admiration of countless individuals around the world.



International Star Registry has redefined stargazing, transforming it from a distant pastime into a personal, meaningful, and accessible endeavor. The opportunity to name a star is no longer confined to astronomers or scientists; it belongs to anyone with a sense of wonder and a desire to connect with the cosmos. ISR has made this possible, offering the chance to buy a star kit and forever link a loved one, a cherished memory, or a special occasion to a celestial entity. These named stars are not just points of light in the night sky; they are a part of a broader cosmic tapestry, and ISR invites us all to be a part of it. So, look up at the stars, choose your celestial companion, and join the legacy of International Star Registry in Your Place in the Cosmos.

Library of Congress Number and ISBN information for every volume of your Place in the Cosmos.

Library of Congress Catalog number. 84-63015

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume I. Total Pages 530; ISBN-13: 9780961435400 (1985)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume II. Total Pages 508; ISBN-13: 9780961435417 (1992)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume III. Total Pages 388; ISBN-13: 9780961435424(1992)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume IV. Total Pages 502; ISBN-13: 9780961435431 (1996)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume V. Total Pages 680; ISBN-13: 9780961435448 (1999)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume VI. Total Pages 717; ISBN-13: 9780961435455 (2002)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume VII. Total Pages 773; ISBN-13: 9780961435462(2004)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume VIII. Total Pages 652; ISBN-13:9780961435479(2007)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume IX. Total Pages 943; ISBN-13: 9780961435486 (2013)

Your Place in the cosmos, Volume X. Total Pages 738; ISBN-13: 9780961435493 (2017)


Q. Can I purchase the book Your Place in the Cosmos?

A. The book is made available for purchase every 4-5 years.

Q. How long does it take to name a star?

A. It only takes a few minutes through this website, or call 800-282-3333

Q. Can I choose a star located in the same constellation as a friend or family member?

A. Yes, simply let us know the constellation you want and we will include it at no extra cost.

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