I have a certain aspect of my personality that wakes up at the opportunity to doing fun and rewarding for my family. So, when I saw the International Start Registry Living Social offer I bought four…one for me, my wife and two for my boys. A cool Xmas gift.
It was advertised as follows.
Catch the twinkle in their eyes as they look to the skies with this deal from the International Star Registry: Give the gift of a personalized star for $20 (a $65 value). Lucky recipients can join the ranks of celebrities, dignitaries, and even royalty who have their own celestial sparklers.
- Each star comes with a 16″ x 12″ full-color parchment certificate, personalized with the star’s name, date, and coordinates
- Create a cluster of stars for the whole family in the same constellation, or make personalized corporate gifts
- Identification is easy with a custom 16″ x 12″ sky chart that features the star’s name, date, constellation, and location circled in red
- A booklet on astronomy written by a professional astronomer includes additional sky charts
- Celebrate the moment with a letter of congratulations/memorial for the recipient
- The new star name will be published in book form for registration in the US Copyright Office
Based on what I see 31,157 were purchased
On each section I have marked our individual stars. There are large stars and small stars then the ones flagged as ours. So here is my question….why do we not see each others stars on each others maps? Are these stars actually fictitious and simply inserted on the star map for effect?
A quick search online and I found this….
“The outfits that “sell” the right to name a star are out and out frauds. The fact that there are several “selling” these rights should tell you something. They don’t coordinate with one another, so two companies could sell the same star.”
WONDERFUL! I am scientist and got caught up with the fun for my family, allowed myself to be scammed as did 31,000 other people…There are days when I am a fool….shame on me, shame on LivingSocial and shame on the International Star Registry. HAH!