Can I Buy a Star?

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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“Can I buy a star?” – The answer is yes.

While one cannot physically own a star, it is possible to associate a specific name with a star through the International Star Registry (ISR), accessible through 

To clarify, the ISR offers a unique service whereby individuals can name a star. They provide various packages, each inclusive of different materials like a parchment certificate, a sky chart indicating the location of your star, among other commemorative items. They even offer a plush toy for tweens and children. 

Upon selection of a package and completion of the payment process, you’ll be asked to provide the desired name for a star. Once this process is completed, the chosen name is included in ‘Your Place in the Cosmos‘, an ISR publication. This catalog of named stars is the only one of its kind in the world and holds a registration with the U.S. Copyright Office. However, it’s important to note that this registration protects the originality of the publication’s content and does not confer scientific recognition to the individual star names. 

Despite the lack of formal scientific status, this practice holds substantial sentimental value for many, and naming a star can serve as a unique and heartfelt gift or as a way to commemorate special occasions. 

For further information about stars, their classifications, and other astronomical phenomena, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource offering a wealth of in-depth knowledge on these topics. 

In summary, while you cannot physically buy a star, the service offered by ISR and allows for a symbolic connection to be formed between a star and a chosen name. Although the names assigned are not officially recognized astronomers, they offer an individual, emotional resonance that many appreciate. 


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