How to name a star
You nominate the constellation, the date of registration, and most importantly, the name you are giving to the star.
The constellation choice
The constellations are the groups of stars forming a distinctive pattern as seen from Earth. There are 88 constellations.
- To name a star that is above Australia all year round, select a constellation in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Crux/The Southern Cross).
- Alternatively, you can nominate to have a star named from one of the 12 Zodiac (starsign) constellations. These are ONLY VISIBLE FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS from Australia and New Zealand. For the other half of the year the whole constellation moves to the Northern Hemisphere.
- For recipients residing in the Northern Hemisphere, select a constellation in the Nothern Hemisphere (e.g. Ursa Major/Big Dipper). These constellations are NOT visible from Australia, CHOOSE ONLY if the recipient lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
On the order form the constellations are listed by their Latin name, followed by the English equivalent. If you are undecided, the constellation name that most captures the spirit of the occasion, or enhances the significance of the gift is usually your best choice. Please note that only the Latin name appears on the chart and certificate.
Southern Hemisphere constellations:
|Apus||Bird of Paradise||Lupus||Wolf|
|Canis Major||Great Dog||Monoceros||Unicorn|
|Circinus||Compasses (drafting tool)||Pavo||Peacock|
|Corona Australis||Southern Crown||Pictor||Painter (or his Easel)|
|Corvus||Crow/Raven||Piscis Austrinus||Southern Fish|
|Crux||Southern Cross||Pyxis||Mariner's Compass|
|Horologium||Clock||Triangulum Australe||Southern Triangle|
|Hydra||Sea Serpent (female)||Tucana||Toucan|
|Hydrus||Water Snake (male)||Vela||Sail|
Optimum viewing periods for the Zodiac signs from the Southern Hemisphere:
|Aquarius||August to January|
|Pisces||August to February|
|Aries||October to March|
|Taurus||October to April|
|Gemini||December to May|
|Cancer||December to May|
|Leo||February to July|
|Virgo||April to September|
|Libra||April to September|
|Scorpius||April to November|
|Sagittarius||June to November|
|Capricornus||June to December|
The date of registration
The star name
Deciding the name is the most important part. You can use up to 45 characters (letters, numbers and the spaces between words count as characters). Most star names are the name of the person the gift is for. It can however be anything from a nickname to the full name and birthdate. Or, the star name could consist of the names of a couple, and even include a message. Many choose a name that is of special significance to the giver and receiver alone. Because you know the recipient best, your choice will certainly make that person feel like a star.
If you decide to use more than the name of person the gift is intended for, here are some sample names illustrating the styles used.
Annie My Princess
Norman Ernest's Bit of Heaven
Essentia Stellaris Mary
Ricky and Annie for Eternity
In Memory of Robert Short
The Brilliance of David Wright
Judy & Trevor - Celebration of Love
The Heavenly Body of Joan Boucher
Karen Francis - 2 August 1960
The Ross Howard Star
The Williams' Anniversary Star
My Fuzzy Haired Do-Do
Nathan - the silver fox - Andrews
Warren - the Stargazer - Clark
Star of Bradley
trish Lord Forever Shining
Danny Stringer - My One & Only
Jocelyn - immortalis amor
Lynne P 50
Anthony Lennell 17021940
You light up my life Carly
Robby - Forever My Star - Tania
Julie Wood's Guiding Light
BJ - You will never dream alone!
Ted's Star Looking Down With Love
GT Gary Thirlwell
Sue Adams - The Sparkle of My Life
Peter's Perpetual Light