Can Saturn be viewed by the naked eye in both hemispheres?
Saturn can be seen without a telescope from both hemispheres. Saturn is easy to pick out in the sky because it is one of the brightest objects in the sky. Also, the planet has a very faint greenish tinge that distinguishes it from the stars .
How long does it take to receive the gift?
Gift packages are sent within 48 hours of our receiving your completed order. Depending on the destination, delivery takes 1-14 working days. Any delay caused by the postal carriers is beyond the control of the Saturnian Ring Registry.
If you have any questions about delivery, please let us know before ordering. We can give you an estimated time of arrival for your gift package.
Can delivery be specified for a particular date?
This is not recommended as there are risks involved with postal delays out of our control. Although we guarantee that orders leave us within 48 hours, human error, traffic delays or other unforseen circumstances could cause a gift to miss the recipient on the specified day.
What happens if the name has already been used by somebody else?
Even if the name has been used before, you would be able to differentiate them by location of the ring. Each ring has a unique set of coordinates different from any other, making it simple for the registry to find the right ring name.
Can the name be for more than one person?
Yes. A ring is often the perfect gift for a couple, or even a family or group of people. You can name the ring anything you wish.
Can I name two or more rings next to each other?
Yes you can name rings that are located next to each other, and having one ring inside or around another is a great symbolic way to define a relationship between two or more people. We keep records of all the rings names and their positions named through our office. This makes it possible to name another ring or rings in close proximity according to the coordinates and position on the map.
What is the date of the Ring registration?
We understand that the meaning of the gift can be greatly enhanced by having a special day recorded on the certificate. The date of registration should be a significant date from the current year in which the ring is being named. It is common for it to be dated forward, so that it is ready for presentation on the special occasion. For those wishing to incorporate earlier dates/years is to include the desired date within the name, e.g. 'Ring Name - 08/07/2012' . The registration process allows you to input any date preferences you may have.
Can the name of the ring be changed once it has been registered?
Once the registration process has been completed, it is not possible to change any of the details. The name will be attached to the particular ring.
If you notify us of any changes before the ring registration process has been completed, a new certificate can be created. This would need to be brought to our attention immediately. This would generally cover errors with dates or the spelling of a name. If the error was on our side, then naturally there is no charge and a big apology. Errors in the details submitted to us will carry charges for the additional costs incurred in producing a new certificate of record and delivery.
Can I really name a ring after somebody? Can a ring be purchased? Will my ring name be officially recognized?
You cannot "purchase" a ring. The rings belong to the universe, with no owner, and thus they are not able to be sold. Naming a ring is a symbolic gift idea which does not involve any legal title/ownership. Our register is not used by the scientific community although it is a valid register. In referring to and listing rings by the names you choose, we have created a symbolic and personal rather than astronomically significant listing. The rings are recorded by a location system defined by SRR.
Does SRR have the right to name Rings?
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the only internationally recognised authority for assigning nomenclatures to astronomical bodies. By policy, the IAU doesn't name such bodies for human individuals except sometimes to honour certain deceased persons. These names are proposed by national IAU representatives and voted on every three years. If someone wanted to name one of Saturn's Rings, the IAU cannot accommodate this. SRR provides a surrogate and unofficial means of doing this, and is completely independent of the IAU.