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Don't Buy a Star Name for Mother's Day

Started by curtrenz, 04/05/2005 07:43AM
Posted 04/05/2005 07:43AM Opening Post
The International Astronomical Union is the only organization recognized by astronomers as the official registry for the names of celestial objects. They charge no fees. The many who do are charlatans. They simply enter suggested names for invisible stars in a book which they publish and copyright. Copyrighting does not authenticate the contents of the book; it merely serves as a warning to those who attempt to copy the book. One firm has scammed over a million people at about $50 a pop; usually more than double that with extras. Don't be conned by sincere sounding radio ads.

If your really want to name a star after someone, then pick a fairly bright one and print a pretty certificate. Meanwhile, warn your friends and avoid the embarrassment of having such foolishness presented to you. wink

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Curt Renz
Posted 04/05/2005 11:29AM | Edited 04/05/2005 11:30AM #1
With all due respect: I think all this righteous indignation is misplaced. Buying a pretty certificate that says a star is named for you is like like buying a "pet rock," or a Disneyland ride through a "haunted house," or your photograph in one of those cutouts that makes your face appear on the body of Arnold Schwartzenegger or of a voluptuous gal in a bikini. Very few, if any, buyers of these certificates believe that professional astronomers will refer to the star by their names; and they don't really care whether the International Astronomical Union does or does not accept the fact that someone loved them well enough to want to put their name on a star.

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