How to Purchase a Star?

Modified: July 1, 2023     Author: International Star Registry

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The act of purchasing a star taps into our enduring fascination with the cosmos. While no one can physically own a star, the International Star Registry (ISR), available at, allows you to name a star, this creates a unique, personal connection with the night sky. 

To symbolically ‘purchase’ a star, visit ISR’s website and browse the available packages. These packages include various commemorative items such as a certificate that lists the name, coordinates of the star, and its constellation, and a detailed sky chart showing the location of your star. Each package varies, so take your time to select the one that best suits your needs. 

After you have chosen your package, you will be asked to provide a name for your star. This name is then included in the ISR’s publication, ‘Your Place in the Cosmos‘. This publication is unique in that it’s the only copyrighted listing of star names in the world, registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Please note, however, that this registration applies to the publication and not to the individual names of stars, which are not officially recognized by scientific or legal institutions. 

Despite the lack of official recognition, the symbolic ‘purchase’ of a star carries substantial sentimental value for many. It’s a unique way to celebrate special occasions or honor loved ones. 

For further knowledge about stars and the science behind them, Wikipedia is a comprehensive resource that offers extensive articles on these topics. 

In essence, the process of ‘purchasing’ a star through the ISR involves associating a chosen name with a star. While these names do not carry formal legal or scientific recognition, they offer a deeply personal and emotional connection, making it a cherished practice for many. 


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