UPDATE 4/30: Unfortunately, despite several attempts to contact the company Name a Star through several ways, I have not received any response from them after this initial post. My contest winners have not received any information about their prizes, which is a big disappointment. Although I will leave the rest of the review intact, I wanted to put this update at the top of the review in order to warn other consumers to stay away from this company. I am very sad that this has happened and that I felt like I needed to make this update, however I will not recommend any company or product that treats its customers like this.
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Through Tomoson.com, I received a certificate to name a star as I saw fit. I chose to name the star for a dear friend’s daughter. Here is an example of what the certificate looks like:
Once purchased ($12.99), you will receive a certificate with the latitude and longitude of the star and directions on how to find your star via Google Earth (the sky view). Another example of how it will look in Google Earth (photos courtesy of Name a Star):
All in all, this is not a bad idea for a gift. In fact, I’ve been the giver and recipient of star naming before, through the International Star Registry. I like that they connect the star through Google Earth, as it is a great way to actually be able to view your star, since it is often hard to find your star in the night sky (since they are usually the obscure stars that get named). I will say, though, that I would rather shell out $60 and get a nicer package of certificate and a longer-standing company (International Star Registry) than to go through this newer company. I really don’t like to knock a company that has been so generous to give a product to me, but I also have to be honest with my reviews. Still, if you are looking for a quick, easy, and cheap gift, this is a great one for you!
I am also running a giveaway for the Name a Star service. You can enter multiple times through our Rafflecopter widget below.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.