Solar Power Trip
The Sun has been legally registered as the property of a Spanish woman, who wants to charge everyone for ‘using’ the star.
‘There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star but it says nothing about individuals,’ Angeles Duran said. ‘I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.’
The 49-year-old said she claimed ownership after reading about an American man who registered himself as the owner of the Moon and most planets in our solar system.
She has been issued with a title deed from lawyers in the region of Galicia that states she is ‘owner of the sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, at an average distance from Earth of about 149million km’.
Ms Duran, of Salvaterra de Miño, plans to charge all users and give half the proceeds to the Spanish government, 20 per cent to the nation’s pension fund, ten per cent to research and ten per cent to fighting world hunger.
And the last ten per cent? That’s going straight to her bank account, she says.