know many of us have fallen for this cute little gimmick. In the end it’s really the thought that counts isn’t it? However, a simple heart-felt gesture can cause issues for others when it wasn’t intended to do so.
Here’s the deal. Star registries. You’ve heard of these. People can pay $20 to “name” a star in the galaxy after a loved one and gift it to someone for say Christmas or a Birthday. Nice. The next course of action is the recipient takes their new star chart registry and tries to find their star. But, they can’t. The person who did this to them should take them out at night and blindly point up in the dark to a star and say, “There, a little to the right there it is!”
There are dozens of companies, and I use that term very loosely, who register stars in people’s names. And why wouldn’t they? There’s one official International Astronomical Union that keeps track of space stuff and no, they don’t recognize “Name A Star” or “International Star Registry” that Uncle Rico paid $30 for you to get a nice piece of parchment paper to “A Star”. The problem that this creates is there are some star registry recipients who suffer from ADD and want to be SURE they are gazing upon Star John Q. Public and not someone else’s star by mistake. So, they contact professional astronomers for help.
Professional astronomers are highly educated scientists looking for inhabitable exo-planets, proof of intelligent life, Earth killing asteroids, or other apocalyptic grand events. They don’t have time to find Suzy Simpson’s named star whose well-meaning Nana bought for her.