What you get
- A magnificent registry certificate with your name and your star’s exact details; four-color high-quality print, ready for framing
- Software to help you find your star and a wealth of additional information about it. This is free, open-source software
- A color booklet with lots of information about the stars, as well as a detailed step-by-step guide for the star software
- A free registry certificate by email within 24 hours after your order. Comes with our accompanying booklet as a PDF and the star software download link
- Lightning-quick dispatch of your order within 24 hours – you will receive a tracking link
- Everything comes together in a beautifully colorful gift folder
Name a star after someone you care about. With this classic star registry, you’ll be making someone a fantastic gift. We’ll register a star that can be clearly seen with binoculars.
Name a double star. Two stars that are so close together up in the sky that they’re called double stars. A perfect gift idea for lovers, siblings, and all other especially close couples.
We will register a beautiful bright star in your name of choice, and everyone will get their own certificate. You will receive up to five star registry certificates in different names – and you can order more if you like.
Read on to find out more about our great “Star Registry” gift ideas
What does it mean to register a star?
When you register a star, any real celestial star that was previously designated with a catalog number is given a name of your choosing. This can be a real name or a nickname. A star registry is of purely symbolic significance and doesn’t give you any rights to stars or celestial objects.
Does every star have a name?
Every star should be precisely identifiable on a scientific basis. However, most of the countless stars out there don’t have a name and are recorded with the aid of catalog numbers. These stars are listed in different star catalogs. Only very few stars have a name.
How do I find my star?
With the included (downloadable) software, you can quickly and easily find your star. Simply enter the scientific name that’s on your registry certificate, and it will be displayed. You can then print out the star map and go outside to find it in the sky.
Can I give a star as a gift?
Giving a star as a gift is a very romantic gesture for all kinds of special occasions – and will usually cause the recipient to tear up. A star registry is a very personal gift of love or affection but can also offer solace and hope.
How long does it take to ship the certificate?
We will send the registry certificates within 24 hours by air freight from Europe to the US. Once they’ve arrived in the US, they’ll be delivered by the USPS. The shipping time varies between 3-7 working days. So that you don’t have to do any waiting around, we’ll send you the registry certificate, the booklet, and the software (download) by email within 24 hours free of charge. This means that you’ll be holding your gift in your hands in just a few hours.
Can I name a specific star?
If everyone wanted to choose their own star, things would quickly get messy. You would have to download the software, choose a star, and then give its name to us. If that particular star had already been assigned a name, you’d have to search again… we’re sure you can imagine that we would never be able to guarantee your unique choice of star, even if that were feasible for us, given the hundreds of orders we get
What kind of software is this?
The software is an open source desktop planetarium for Linux/Unix, Windows and macOS. It renders the skies in realtime using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. It is very simple to use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by beginners. It is open source software. Anyone has the right to download and use the software for free, to distribute it without modifying to other people, or modify the source code
Name a star
On this website, you can name a star after someone you care about. If you’re looking for an especially romantic gift, we have a double star registry for you. In this case, two stars that are very close together in the sky will be registered in your and your partner’s name, for example. For families, we have a star registry where every member of the family gets their own registry certificate.