Spanish woman takes a shine to the sun
November 28, 2010
MADRID: After billions of years the sun finally has an owner - a woman from the Spanish region of Galicia said she has registered the star at a local notary public as her property.
Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and several planets.
An international agreement states no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it apparently says nothing about individuals.
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''There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law,'' she said. ''I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.''
The document issued by the notary public declares Ms Duran to be the ''owner of the sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometres''.
Ms Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government, 20 per cent to the nation's pension fund, 10 per cent to research and 10 per cent to ending world hunger. She would keep the remaining 10 per cent.