I am very new a Stellarium, but i wonder- is it possible to pick a star and
name it? If so how? How can i pick up a star that will last many years (i
don't know much about astronomy, sorry)
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Stellarium doesn't operate a "name a star" scheme. Also, please do be aware
that similar schemes are not very meaningful - organisations which sell star
naming services generally just record this in a private database - it has not
real meaning to professional astronomers. Such schemes are generally
considered to be a bit of a scam.
What you can do is name your own star by editing some of the data files! All
you need to do is choose a star with a hipparcos catalog number and add it to
the star_names.fab file for a sky culture of your choice... this way, your
customized label will appear in the sky without having to pay anything :-)
Mmm... Yes..yes..yes! A do-it-yourself Name-A-Star project! Thanks man!
1- Find a star and edit Stellarium's database to display the name.
2- Put together Stellarium onto a DVD. (Include Orbiter and Celestia if the
recipient is a real astro buff)
3- Use PrintShop or Picture It or one of those official-looking award makers
and make a nice certificate. Frame it.
4- Print up something about the constellation your newly named star resides
in, some starlore, that sort of thing.
5- Print a spec sheet with all the numbers Stellarium displays in the upper
6- Make a few star charts, print them on card stock
7- Make a little laminated reference card on how to quickly start Stellarium
and navigate clearly and concisely to the newly named star. Make it a 1-2-3
8- Include a basic astronomy guide. A book or something.
9- Get a nice folder with gold edges to put everything in, or a book giftbox
of a sort.
10- Include some of those kids silver award star stickers, like the "good job
on your homework" thing.
You can do this deluxe kit for about 20-25 bucks, whereas to have it done on
the internet would cost you over 200. And it wouldn't be as personalized as
one that is hand made. The perfect gift for someone that would know how to
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