It looks like the perfect gift idea. You buy a star, name it after the one you love, and then present them with certificates, the star coronets and all this other fancy stuff that makes it look like you bought a star on their behalf.
Try not to be fooled - no commercial company has the to name stars.
There are at least six companies that offer to sell you the rights. It even looks like it's legit - you get a very prestigious and official looking certificate, pamphlets along with other information about your star. And the price is right - it's only between $40-$60 to buy a star.
However, what many of these companies don't tell you is they don't have the authority to name any star. The only officially recognized source that can name stars may be the International Astronomical Union, and last I checked they aren't an industrial organization.
When you go to the website of most of the companies that offer to market a star, you will find that they are a bit duplicitous, when it comes to the reality we discussed above. They frequently speak in half-truths, or hide information from you in tiny print at the bottom from the page.
Only if you press them and asked the hardball questions, will you obtain a straight answer. However, Used to do find one exception.
The International Star Registry is probably the most straightforward with precisely what you get, by collecting a star from them. In fact, if you place a phone call on their own 800 number, you are likely to find what I discovered - somebody who provides you with direct answers, and never launch into a sales pitch.
Even though the name you give the heavens won't be officially recognize, it still is quite a cool gift. Actually, for less than $55, in the Star Registry you can purchase a certificate on parchment paper, recognizing the name of the star, a booklet explaining consolations, as well as an astrological chart with your newly named star highlighted. There are more options you receive the certificate frame, in addition to a letter of congratulations to be delivered to the person you're giving the present to.
While it's true it's more of a novelty gift than anything, it is still a thoughtful gift none the less. If you are likely to buy a star for any loved one, achieve this from the company that'll be straightforward with precisely what they're selling, not someone who is simply trying to pitch you and take your money, while leaving you to believe that you simply have the rights to the name from the star.