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Angel thoughts
July 4th 03, 02:07 PM
Hi,
My late brother and his wife had a star named after them. How do I go about
finding this star? And can it actually be seen from the naked eye?
Karen

Ron Miller
July 4th 03, 02:39 PM
It's a sad thing to have to report this---given the circumstances---but I'm
afraid that whoever paid for the "naming" was a victim of a scam. The
so-called "International Star Registry" and other, similiar, operations, are
simply taking people's money from them. The names they assign to stars have
no official recognition whatsoever. No astronomer or astronomical
organization recognises these names. (The fact that they publish the names
in a book that is "registered in the US Copyright Office" is utterly
meaningless.) You could go outside, point at a star and call it "Henry" with
just as much legitimacy as these con artists. In fact, you should do that
very thing.

Check out some of these comments about the scam (and there are certainly
many others):
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,49345,00.html
http://www.dailyping.com/archive/2002/09/07/
http://www.ras.ucalgary.ca/~gibson/starnames/globe.html
http://astrwww.astr.cwru.edu/Personal/martin/nameastar.html

RM

"Angel thoughts" > wrote in message
...
> Hi,
> My late brother and his wife had a star named after them. How do I go
about
> finding this star? And can it actually be seen from the naked eye?
> Karen
>
>

radowning
July 4th 03, 06:42 PM
With the "certificate" they received, they should have had something that
gave them a Right Ascension / Declination or Altitude / Azimuth coordinate,
or something like that. Perhaps it had Galactic Coordinates, but there
would have been something.

Given any of the above, the star is able to be located (given that it is
oriented for your hemisphere, or latitude)...

--
Rob
Lat +37.5583333
Long -121.9688888
TZ -8 [PST]
"Angel thoughts" > wrote in message
...
> Hi,
> My late brother and his wife had a star named after them. How do I go
about
> finding this star? And can it actually be seen from the naked eye?
> Karen
>
>

Odysseus
July 5th 03, 07:40 AM
radowning wrote:
>
> With the "certificate" they received, they should have had something that
> gave them a Right Ascension / Declination or Altitude / Azimuth coordinate,
> or something like that. Perhaps it had Galactic Coordinates, but there
> would have been something.
>
> Given any of the above, the star is able to be located (given that it is
> oriented for your hemisphere, or latitude)...
>
I haven't seen the certificates these star-naming scammers produce,
but if they were even slightly conscientious they might also have
included a standard designation like a catalog number. If any of
these data were provided the star can be looked up with SIMBAD, at

<http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/sim-fid.pl>.

--Odysseus