Name a Star Memorial: What to Expect

Published: May 21, 2024    Author: International Star Registry

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If you are looking to honor a loved one who has passed away with a unique memorial, consider naming a star after them. This thoughtful and lovely gesture will not only allow the deceased person’s spirit to shine bright and illuminate the night sky, it is also a lasting way to remember the life of someone very precious. 

Creating a Memorial: Name a Star 

Anyone can pay a fee to name a star as a memorial to a deceased loved one via Star Registry. For example, bereaved parents often purchase stars in their deceased child’s name, as grandchildren also often do for their grandparents who have died. The process is simple to do and costs between $20 and $200, depending on the registry and package selected. Keep in mind that people do not actually own the stars, no one can own celestial bodies, so they cannot actually sell them. But International Star Registry can help you “name” a star in the galaxy as a memorial to a loved one. 

International Star Registry 

International Star Registry (ISR), the first company to offer star naming, has been helping individuals with naming and dedicating stars to loved ones since 1979. With ISR, you will be able to choose the constellation your star is located in and have the name recorded in ISR’s Your Place in the Cosmos book that lists all of the stars named by Star Registry. You’ll also receive a certificate and chart that shows the exact name and coordinates of your named star. Their packages range from $59 to $189. 

Star Registry vs. Scientifically-Named Stars 

About 350 of the galaxy’s brightest stars have been given scientific names, a practice started by ancient Greeks and Romans. As technology advanced, the task of naming stars became daunting and too large to undertake on a widespread basis. The astronomical community still names constellations, asteroids, and meteorites as it sees fit. But scientifically, stars are simply named by their physical coordinates. When a person names a star after a loved one, that honoree’s name does not become the scientific name of the star. 


Scientifically Named Stars 

Some of the more well-known scientifically named stars include: 

  • Polaris 
  • Sirius 
  • Vega 
  • Betelgeuse 
  • Acamar 
  • Canopus 

Star Registry Names 

When you go through International Star Registry to name a star after someone, that does not change the star’s official scientific name, which is always represented by its coordinates in space. They are named on paper only, as stars and other celestial bodies can only officially be named by the International Astronomical Union. A star’s scientific name cannot be changed, as stars’ locations are used for scientific research and by all of the international space programs. 

Memorializing a Loved One With a Star 

Naming a star after a loved one is a meaningful option to memorialize someone you love. Just imagine having a star in the galaxy “named” after a deceased friend or family member. You’ll think fondly of the one you love who is no longer with you on earth when you gaze at the night sky. 

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