StarNamer is a company founded in 1999 to name celestial stars for consumers. Many years ago, the company created a custom star location database called the Universal Star Catalog that contains about a million stars. Since inception StarNamer has named about 150,000 stars for people. However, naming stars for people isn’t as easy as it seems. The International Astronomical Union is a scientific organization that also names celestial objects. It has been their mission to vilify any organization that also names stars.
The IAU claims an exclusive right to name stars (even though they hardly ever do so) and maintains that they are the sole official source for naming stars. However the IAU’s exclusivity claim is spurious. The right to name stars is afforded them by their member astronomers and scientists. Any scientist who discovers a celestial body has typically had the right to name that discovery based on historical precedent.
For some reason, scientists have ceded that right to the IAU. But just because scientists have ceded their rights that does not mean lay persons or other organizations have also ceded their rights. Further, the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967 forms the basis of international space law. Its principles include the concept that no country or organization shall have dominion over space. In other words, there is no legal basis for the IAU’s claim of exclusive official naming rights. It has been the policy of the IAU for at least a decade to bully and smear any organization that wishes to also name stars for people. Their tactics include misinformation and ridicule. For example in their FAQ for the question “Who is legally responsible for naming objects in the sky?” and their reply is “The IAU is the internationally recognized authority”.
Sorry, but Russia could also claim its annexation of the Crimea is “internationally recognized” simply because its international allies support their claim. This does not confer an exclusive official right. They also employ ridicule saying that people will “laugh their heads off” at you if you employ a private star registry. The IAU calls private star registries charlatans. Further its scientist minions and lackadaisical media outlets, following the IAU lead, smear private registries calling them scams. StarNamer pays taxes and is a legally permitted business with excellent ratings with the Better Business Bureau. It is not a scam and reliably delivers products that customers have paid for. So, StarNamer formally declares that it is hereby throwing off the yoke of tyranny perpetuated by the IAU and it will no longer silently tolerate their bullying.
StarNamer declares that it also has an official right to name stars based on the concept of private authority whereby entrepreneurs establish a set of rules in areas neglected by formal legislative bodies, based on the long length of time in business, based on the large number of stars named for people and based on the principles of space law. www.starnamer.net