How to find your star

How to find your star

Congratulations on naming your star, now it’s time to locate it in the sky. If still, you don’t have your star we advise you to visit our store and to choose one of our beautiful names a star gift packs.

To name a star, there are some steps to go through to ensure that you or the person you are buying the gift for will have your name on the star and no one else will claim it. One thing that everyone should be aware is that science does not accept this concept, so you do not need to consult NASA for buying a star.

So, now you have received your gift certificate. First, check DEC (declination) and RA (right ascension); just like we have on the Earth, they are sky’s longitude and latitude. Dec measures North/South directions while RA measures to East/West direction. Any particular star has a unique RA and Dec for all observers on Earth, and that position remains the same, night after night.

How RA and DEC are measured?

RA (Right Ascension) is the measured eastward because of the angular distance, drawn along the celestial equator from the vernal equinox to the hour circle of the point in question. These astronomical coordinates specify the direction of a point on the celestial sphere when they are combined with declination, in the equatorial coordinate system. Here is a tip on how these coordinates work for your star (RA: 4.1H, Dec: 58.8).

The RA is measured in hours, minutes, and seconds. DEC is measured making use of degrees, arcminutes, and arcseconds. There are 60 arcmins in a degree, and 60 arcsec in an arcmin.

How to find your star in Google Sky

This time Google has surpassed itself. After giving us the GoogleEarth software through which admiring the most beautiful landscapes, now it allows us to explore the universe. You can now explore your star using Google sky. The Skymap developed by Google will show you the planets, stars, constellations and much more. You can make use of Android phones, iOS, Windows and many other platforms. Point your device to the sky and enjoy the wonder of having the entire sky in your hands.

The starting point will be the star coordinates. Let’s say we have assigned to you the following:

RA: 00H00m4.49s DEC: 03°56m47.25s

Then go simply to google sky via this link:

https://www.google.com/sky/

In the googleSky search bar, you have to convert your coordinate from the characters and letters with colon and also separate your RA and DEC with coma. in our example, you will need to input the following:

00:00:4.49,03:56:47.25

et voila! you have named your star and successfully found it on google sky.