Many of you have seen the deal on groupon about star naming gift set! in another word, fake certificate and several pieces of paper that make you believe that you own a star！
First of all, I was an Astronomy student in college having 4 years of experience working at an observatory. In my years of working at the observatory, I have seen numerous people coming to me and ask me to point the telescope to the star they just “bought”.
How ridiculous is that? This trick has been going on and on for decades and decades. Every time, a family present me the star they bought in the star map and told me that the star is the little girl’s birthday gift, I did not tell them the truth but instead point the telescope to a random star in that constellation!
Well, unless you are super-rich or you did contribution to astronomy, you won’t get to name a star! Please refer to the IAU (International Astronomy Union) on the rules of naming stars! It is true though there are more stars in the universe than the 6 billion population on earth.
Please, don’t buy a star! Because practically unless you found a new comet or asteroids independently as a amateur astronomer nowadays, you won’t name a star.
The following is found on Groupon website:
What You Get
- For $14, you get an instant gift-set plus from Name A Star Live (a $29.90 value), which includes:
- Star certificate with name, registration date, coordinates, and personalized message
- Star chart showing star location
- Launch certificate verifying rocket flight details
- Astronomy e-book
- For $29, you get an instant gift-set premium with Virtual Planetarium software from Name A Star Live (a $79.80 value), which includes:
- All features included in the instant gift-set plus
- 8.5″x11″ astro photograph
- Virtual planetarium astronomy software
- All included materials are delivered electronically.
How ridiculous is that? This trick is played on Groupon now! and so far more than 1000 people has bought their star with certifications! I guess I could make millions of dollars by doing this on Groupon right before Valentines day! Remember, it is on Groupon! It is so sad that so few people has the knowledge and understanding of astronomy community now.
Please leave a comment to show the support and stop Groupon posting such non-sense deals! Star Naming Gift Set- simply bullshit.