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When You Wish And Buy A Star

by Scott Free

International Star RegistryWalt Disney perpetuated the concept of wishing on a star and many children developed the habit of making a wish on the first start they spotted in the evening sky. However, these days, you can do a lot more than simply make a wish - people now have the opportunity to buy a star, name it, give it as a gift or make it their own.

But what does a person really get for their $50 expenditure? To put it gently, nothing more than a piece of paper, a map and a chart of stars. Since nobody can actually lay claim to the night sky, it really doesn't make much sense to think you can actually buy a star. If you want to buy a star, there's nothing wrong with that, but you need to realize that nobody can really own the stars and so if you decide to buy a star, you are really succumbing to a clever marketing ploy. Of course, there's nothing illegal involved.

When you send in your money to buy a star, you will get something for you money. In fact, several movie stars and famous people have taken part in this buy a star program - the name they choose to call 'their' star isn't likely to be professionally recognized by astronomers or the rest of the world. However, it does seem to be a lot of fun - and decideing to buy a star for a person who has pretty much everything is definitely a novel idea. As long as you aren't expecting to be recognized by science, and as long as you realize this is nothing more than a novelty, deciding to buy a star can be a lovely gesture of love, should you pass it on to a friend.

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Some occasions where you might decide to buy a star could include birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or at the death of a loved one, as a sort of memorial, or in the loved one's honor. Whatever reason you choose to buy a star can be a good one, provided that you stay informed and realize that to buy a star is really just a fun gesture, nothing more.

In the end, you'll have a scrap of paper, a star chart and perhaps a map of the sky with a circle showing where your star supposedly graces the sky. Nobody is going to officially recognize a star as belonging to you - and it's doubtful that an real registry will record the name that you choose.

To buy a star can also be a very romantic demonstration of love, and a fun way to blow fifty dollars!

About the author...
Scott "Free" Saraniero is the co-founder of The Satelites.