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    Buy a star?

    Hey everyone
    I got what I thought was the coolest Christmas gift ever this year and I was wondering if anyone else had one or had heard of it...
    My parents sent off and paid to have stars named after my sister and I. It's officially copywrighted and recorded in a vault in Switzerland and forever named after you (or whatever name you pay for). I thought it was a really cool and creative gift that lasts forever. Just curious if anyone else had heard of it, or had it given to them as a gift before.
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    I heard about it in the movie "The Family Man".
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    Yea' I've heard about it, but how can you be certain that the giver isn't lying? They could just print up a phony certificate, point east and say they bought you a star.

    Or, how can you be sure that the organization they bought it from isn't double selling? Who'd know?

    Maybe I'm overly concerned about fraud... ;-)

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    There's no point in double selling: the star-naming market is small and there are a good number of stars. When you buy the star you get its exact coordinates, id number, and vital stats probably.
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    But how do you know they're not eventually double sold? Or that you do have that specific star for instance?
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    Because they have huge databases for cataloging each star, including its name.
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    okay then
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    I bought one for my wife, when she was still just my girlfriend.
    I take it you are talking about the International Star Registry? That's the biggest one anyway, Tom Cruise got one from them, the Queen Mother got one, etc.
    What you have to remember is that it is NOT official, repeat NOT the official new name of the star, and will never be used by astronomers or scientists. It's only official to the International Star Registry, and they will probably try and sell you the big book they write the stars' names into.
    It IS a completely cool gift though, and I knew it wasn't official before I got one for my GF. I still say it's definitely worth it if you want to make a big gesture.

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    Sounds like quite the novelty item.
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    anyone know if they have a website where you can read info about it, sounds interesting. i need something to give my g/f for her birthday and i have going to have a tough time topping what i got her for christmas. And this would be pretty cool.
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    okay i'm tempted now. Can anyone link me to that site?
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    Got one a few years back as a gift. Cool certificate and map and all.

    Basically your name is in a big book that is supposedly copyrighted. Not too big of a deal, since anyone can copyright a book. It's not officially recognised by that multi-national organization responsible for naming celestial bodies (like the shoemaker-levy comet, new asteroids, etc).
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    Here you go:
    http://www.starregistry.com , or .co.uk in the UK.

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    oops okay i was wrong, so its not official. but i understood it was. lol it is cool though, and i found it really interesting
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    Well isn't that unique...!

    I'm gonna name my star Sparkie. Isn't that original?

    Did you guys know that you can also buy property on the moon, or perhaps live on Mars, or start a greenhouse on venus or roast some marshmallows on Jupiter's moon Io.

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    Consider this, there is a good chance that the star you have just bought the naming rights to may not even be there anymore! Freaky!

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    Buying a star has to be nothing more than a act of faith. It's not like you're going to visit it eventually. It's pretty much like adopting in kid in Africa through charity organization sponsoring. You just have to believe in it. It's yours on paper. It's as far as it's gonna get.

    But still owning a star is pretty kewl!
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    I wonder...

    If life does exist outside of Earth, and lets say they're intelligent. Now, suppose they buy and sell stars like we do. If someone from Earth had bought the same star as someone of a more alien origin, who'd be the rightful owner of that ball of plasma?

    If I bought a star and named it after myself: Glassian. Now, if Bob The Alien had bought the same star and named it: Something Unpronounceable by the Human Tongue, would Bob T. Alien be able to file a suit in a local municipal court for ownership of my star to legally rename it Something Unpronounceable by the Human Tongue?

    Now, I might be able to bribe a judge to ruling in my favor. But, what if Bob T. Alien threatened to disintegrate this planet with his Personal Planet Disintegrator 5,000 if he didn't get sole custody of Glassian (Something Unpronounceable by the Human Tongue)? The judge would have to comply -- making my bribe useless, which would be more money down the crapper (I bought the star, remember?)!

    That'd Suck!

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    any one can sell stars there is no official seller as nobody owns them.

    I can sell you the whole of the andomada galexy now for only $10, don't mean its legitimate but its just as legimate as any one who claims they can sell you stars, land on mars, land on the moon ect all.

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    Re: I wonder...

    Originally posted by Ian Glass
    Now, if Bob The Alien had bought the same star and named it: Something Unpronounceable by the Human Tongue, would Bob T. Alien be able to file a suit in a local municipal court for ownership of my star to legally rename it Something Unpronounceable by the Human Tongue?
    My good fellow, you should be aware that the intergalactic tongue is English. You really need to watch more television.

    Anyway, the naming system could be worst - ICANN could be in charge of it!

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    What if an alien already bought Sol?
    And his check bounced?
    And they are going to repossess it?
    Hmmm
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    Well according to a scientific documentary I saw a couple of years back entitled "Attack from Mars" I have to tell you freakysid how wrong you are. English is not a universal language. Proof : Humans had to use a translating machine to be understood by aliens.

    As for a legal debate over ownership, it all depends on which lawyers you hire. Tom Cruise or John travolta have been known to be very effictive, especially if they hire Julia Roberts as their side kick.

    So there's still hope!
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    I have some acres on the moon, I got them last year for my half birthday.

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    You can get them with a .info or .biz extension now for only $9.99/ per year

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    <curmudgeon>No-one is suggesting for a minute that you are actually 'buying a star' off these International Star Registry people. Duh! You are merely naming it, and you are not even 'officially' naming it. Where did this idea that you are buying it come from?</curmudgeon>


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