Alternatively, perhaps you’re looking for a new bucket list activity. You can find yourself in a state of anxiety when another milestone anniversary, birthday, or gift-giving holiday rolls around, and you have no idea what to get someone as a present. How about I register a star after them? sprung into your thoughts as you contemplated how to outdo at least equal–your past gifts to that person.
The purchase of a star? It’s a great concept!
Is that really the case? Instead of a thoughtful Christmas or farewell gift, how about a star that’s just plain silly?
There’s the question of whether or not it’s even appropriate to offer and the following facts and answers are based on my own experiences, as well as my research into the matter, which I hope will help you make an educated decision on whether or not you should name a star as a present or an important objective in your life.
Can you name a star after Somebody or Oneself?
It’s easy to find naming services for stars on the internet; you just need to search for them, however, despite how quick and affordable it is, the star’s name does not formally change to that of your loved ones.
However, they will receive a cute little certificate as a result of the transaction and if they do not have an official registration certificate or a copy of their company’s archive where they purchased the star, then the star’s name will stay whatever an official astrologer has given it.
So, no, you cannot legally buy a star, despite the fact that you can give a star a name in honor of someone, for the IAU, it has the sovereign right to genuinely identify a star & there is actually a systematic format behind that.
What’s the Real Story Behind Star Names?
The International Astronomical Union also known as IAU awards stars with both a name and a designation, although many stars have been found and given names since the dawn of time and astrology, the responsibility and honor now rest with the International Astronomical Union.
Astronomers began compiling rules and catalogs for naming stars throughout the Renaissance period, according to Johann Bayer, who popularized this approach, the brightest stars in a constellation are labeled with lower case greek letters, in ascending order of apparent brightness, starting with alpha and working down.
In the event that this was deemed inadequate, Bayer’s response to the crisis was to incorporate latin alphabets in the labeling process, which was done in both lower-case and upper-case forms.
Flamsteed numbers, a second popular approach, are also known as Flamsteed numbers, the right ascension order of the stars in a constellation is used to assign them a number.
Alphanumeric identifiers are given to newly found stars nowadays. Stars discovered after Bayer and Flamsteed are typically much fainter in brilliance than the earlier ones, if the same star appears in numerous catalogs, it is not rare for it to have multiple designations.
Variable stars, or stars that change brightness over time, are mostly identified by the leftover letters from R to Z in their cataloging, thereafter, if there are other stars of this type in the constellation, they’ll be given two-letter names like RR to RZ and so on.