Photo by James Horan

Name a Star

Look to the heavens above and Name a Star in the southern sky! Each star in the Sydney Southern Star Catalogue compiled by Sydney Observatory astronomers* is unique and will only be named once, by you.

All available stars are visible from anywhere in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, including the telescopes at Sydney Observatory. Please note that the Name a Star program is not suitable if you wish to view your star in the Northern Hemisphere.

You can also book a private viewing of your star through the Observatory’s telescopes for an additional $60 (weather permitting^).

Each individual Name A Star gift is non-refundable and fully tax-deductible, with your donation helping to fund Sydney Observatory’s maintenance, heritage and collection programs.


Unable to complete the online form?

  • Print the appropriate form for your request (individuals or corporations)
  • Scan and email it to OR
  • Fax it to Sydney Observatory on (02) 9921 3489 OR
  • Mail it to Sydney Observatory, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point, NSW, 2000

*The Sydney Southern Star Catalogue was compiled by Sydney Observatory during its time as a research facility and published in 1983. It was observed, measured and catalogued at Sydney Observatory.

Sydney Observatory’s Name A Star program does not offer international naming rights to the star. It is an official tax-deductible donations program run by astronomers, the income from which goes towards the Observatory’s collection, heritage and programs.