Abstract : A star is an arborescence in which the root dominates all the other vertices. A galaxy is a vertex-disjoint union of stars. The directed star arboricity of a digraph D, denoted by dst(D), is the minimum number of galaxies needed to cover A(D). In this paper, we show that dst(D)less-than-or-equals, slantΔ(D)+1 and that if D is acyclic then dst(D)less-than-or-equals, slantΔ(D). These results are proved by considering the existence of spanning galaxies in digraphs. Thus, we study the problem of deciding whether a digraph D has a spanning galaxy or not. We show that it is NP-complete (even when restricted to acyclic digraphs) but that it becomes polynomial-time solvable when restricted to strongly connected digraphs.