What’s in the name

There are trillions of stars in the sky and the majority of them are nameless.

In astronomy, most of the accepted star names are Arabic, a few are Greek and some are of unknown origin. Typically only brightest stars have names.

Very old star names originated in the Arabian Peninsula more than a thousand years ago well before the rise of Islam. But many Arabic language star names appeared up later in history, as translations of ancient Greek language descriptions.

The Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy tabulated the celestial position and brightness of 1025 stars. Ptolemy’s book was translated in Arabic only in the 8th and 9th centuries and became famous in Europe in Latin only in the 12th century . So a lot of the Arabic star names and descriptions became widely known.

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, many ancient star names were copied and translated incorrectly. Many authors did not know the Arabic language and as a result, the history of a stars’ name is complicated.

Today you don’t need to be an astronomer to name a star after a loved one in our star dedication registry. You can choose any name for your star in any of the twelfth Zodiac constellations. You will receive a beautiful certificate with your star name, a letter with your constellation information and a congratulation letter, all placed in a beautiful folder.

Name a star gift is a perfect for any occasion whether it’s a gift for St Valentine’s or on Mother’s Day or graduation or a friend’s birthday.

And to celebrate your love or friendship you can buy binary stars and you will receive a certificate with two names.

Just offer a beautiful gift to anyone who deserves it.

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