Can I Name A Star After Me?
There are many websites offering to register a Star in the name of your choice. But can they really do this?
To answer this question and an anthropological question about the Evolution of Human Ethics and Morality, here goes; If we do a Google Search for ‘name a Star’ then this is what we get in the search results (see below image);
But in Truth, if you are offered to pay to name a star in your name – its a con;
The International Astronomical Union does not accept such registrations, because only Numbers are used for stars in astronomical databases.
The IAU frequently receives requests from individuals who want to buy stars or name stars after other persons.
Mr. Fraser Cain wrote for the Universe Today website in 2013 on this Topic, and made a Video to explain the matter;
The IAU also has the following to say about this;
“Some commercial enterprises purport to offer such services for a fee. However, such “names” have no formal or official validity whatsoever. Similar rules on “buying” names apply to star clusters and galaxies as well. For bodies in the Solar System , special procedures for assigning official names apply (see the IAU theme “Naming Astronomical Objects”), but in no case are commercial transactions involved. Source;https://www.iau.org/public/themes/buying_star_names/
Anthropological Evolutionary Insights
The way in which society and economics push Humanity into using deceptive means and attitudes to conduct one’s profession, maintaining legality, whilst ignoring morality, is extremely concerning, considering this is part of how Humanity is Evolving Socially. Evolution of Our Species is much more than PHysical Evolution now. We are evolving Socially, Culturally, and even in Our Attitudes to Worldly Survival. Our Ethics must also Evolve in conjunction with our Laws and Social Ethics.
In this day and age, we see that the placing of importance only on what is legal, whilst ignoring if it is Moral or Immoral, as the sole measuring stick of success and civilised advancement.
We can see that we are to evolve into a race of mutual abusers, with no morals, except that whatever you do, make sure its legal and lawful, but dont worry if it is immoral or not.
Blind Justice Tempered with Morality and Mercy? (or Not?)
So long as something is legal on paper, it’s ok in Human Society, so these websites can sell you a star, even though they don’t own it, and cannot truly legally register it for you. because of legal word bandying. But no judge or parliament seems interested if the law is being used to commit lawful and moral acts, or if it is being used to commit lawful and immoral acts?
Moral or Immoral is not an issue for law and order, but it should be!.
Above Image was sourced from a Powerpoint Slideshow Called ‘Morality’. Soucer Link; https://www.slideshare.net/christinadoyle89/morality-an-introduction-powerpoint