International Star Registry

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International Star Registry
Industry Marketing
Founded 1979; 37 years ago (1979)
Founder Anonymous
Headquarters Glenview, Illinois
Products Certificates, kits
Services Star registry "stored in a vault in Switzerland"

The International Star Registry (ISR) is an organization founded in 1979 for the purpose of giving the general public the novelty of unofficially naming stars. Products and services are often marketed as gifts or memorials.


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the internationally recognized authority which designates stars, planets, asteroids, comets, and other heavenly bodies according to internationally accepted rules. The IAU neither sells naming rights nor does it authorize any other company or organization to do so. The IAU cautions consumers that products and services marketed by other companies have no formal or official validity whatsoever. In fact with a few exceptions of ancient or Arabic names, nearly all stars are designated by catalog numbers rather than names.[1]

Seventy-four[1] of the world's 195[2] nations are represented at the IAU by their national science or astronomy academies. These academies represent the vast majority of the Earth's population. The IAU declines to answer consumer requests to locate stars or sell star naming privileges because such endeavors detract from its scientific mission [3].

Commercial interests have stepped in to name stars for consumers as the IAU does not perform this service[4]. These names have no legal authority and the International Star Registry was issued a violation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive advertising.[5]

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  1. ^ Andersen, Johannes. "Buying Stars and Star Names". IAU buying star names: International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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