do I get?
All the various gift pack options are fully
described in the Gift
Pack section of the site.
How long does it take?
Orders are shipped within 1-2 working days directly from the International Star Registry's headquarters in Glenview, IL, USA and delivery is dependent on the shipping method you select.
What do you mean by date of registration?
We add a date to the Certificate of Registration as a further way
of personalising your gift should you be naming a star for a special
event. We can normally backdate the date of registration to any date after
the last published volume of our Register. Currently this is July 2004.
Can I see the star?
We always select a star from a constellation visible over the relevant
Hemisphere. The stars we currently have available in the Northern
Hemisphere can be seen with the aid of a telescope.
Can I choose the star?
If you have in mind the constellation in which you would prefer
the star to be, please tell us. Otherwise we will select a star
from a constellation prominent at the relevant time of year for
the registration and appropriate to the gender and age of the recipient.
For more information on constellations see About
the Stars for details of some
of the most popular ones.
What if the star name I have chosen
This does not matter. If you think of a telephone directory, you
will see many people have the same name, but each is an individual
with their own address and telephone number. Similarly, each star
has its own "address" in the form of its co-ordinates
and its own "telephone number" in the form of its HGSC
Do you name the same star more than
No. Quite simply this is because in our catalogue there are some
16 million discrete stars. In over 25 years of business, the International
Star Registry has helped over 1 million people to name stars. It
would make no sense to re-name these 1 million stars when 15 million
Will astronomers call the star by
its new name?
No. In professional astronomical and scientific circles the star
you name will be referred to either by telescope co-ordinates or
by identity number.
What can I call the star?
First names and full names are very popular choices and are always
suitable for inclusion in the Register but equally we welcome inspired
creativity! The one limit we have is a maximum of 35 characters
inclusive of punctuation and spaces.
How often is the Register published?
Our Register, Your Place in the Cosmos, is published approximately
once every three years, and lists the names registered since publication
of the previous register.
How can I get a copy of the Register
my star name in it?
So far we have published seven volumes of the Register. Stars currently
allocated (from 1st August 2004) will appear in Volume VIII. Once
this is published, we shall notify those concerned that it is available
for purchase. NB We contact purchasers of the gift package, not
Is it for real?
The International Star Registry was founded in response to a desire
to name a star. Please refer to History of the International Star
Registry and History of Star Naming for more detailed
I see another company offering to
name stars - why should I use the International Star Registry?
Since the internet came into being, a number of outfits have sprung
up trying to copy what we do, offering such things as A3 or small A4 certificates,
sometimes in cheap frames. Some have disappeared after a year or
so. We at the International Star Registry have been in business
for over 25 years, and are committed to the compilation and maintenance
of our star catalogue of over a million star names. The service
and documentation you will receive from us is of the highest quality.
Customers of the International Star Registry include members of
Royal Families, Cabinet Ministers, major film producers, actors
and television personalities. Corporate customers have included
the BBC, BT, Sony, Disney, IBM, Warner Records & the Ford Motor
Company among many. Ours is the catalogue where the “Stars”
are named (see Celebrity star names).
Our distinctive Certificates have graced official residences from
the White House to Downing Street; are on display in the homes of
Hollywood; and have appeared in films and TV shows throughout the
world, from Oprah Winfrey through to “Coronation Street”, “Friends” and “The West Wing”
- and in the opening credits of “Cheers”!
It is a matter of pride to us that
nearly 40% of our new orders come from people who have previously
named stars through us, or whose family or friends have had stars
named for them by the International Star Registry. In the words
of the distinguished writer and broadcaster, Clair Rayner, OBE:
“There really is no pleasure like it, for the namer or the
named. Try it!”