Re: But they allow you to buy bits of the moon on ebay
My sister bought the right to name a star after her daughter or maybe it was the entire star for her daughter. She seriously thought it was such a pretty, magical and lovely gift.
I didn't have the heart to tell her.
I "named a star" for my wife once but we both knew how utterly bogus the pretty certificate was. It was just a "I think you're worth it and wish I could really do this" type of gesture.
On various birthday's I also gave her a comet, the nebula that used to be called "the Rosette Nebula" and a galaxy once called "M51". All three are now named after my wife.
No, I don't think anyone else uses our nomenclature for those objects but she thought the gesture was cute.