Can Stars Be Bought??
There are, in fact, many supplier offering stars for sale especially on the Internet, and the sale is usually linked to the right name the star. Purchasers even receive a certificate that appears to place an official stamp on the whole transaction. In reality, it is pure fantasy and no more than a money making scheme. The stars belongs to no one and neither the purchase nor the name given to the star will be recognised by any official organisation.
Then how do celestial bodies get their name?
Only the astronomers’ professional organisation, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) can decide on names, there are strict rules surrounding the naming of celestial bodies. For Example, comets are always named after their discoverer. In the case of asteroids, the discoverer is entitled to suggest a name but it must be approved by a committee of the IAU. These days, most stars are merely given a catalogue number which usually contains a set of celestial coordinated indicating the body’s position in the sky.