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Guernsey Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Mark Totty

Europa Astronomy

Guernsey Postal Service will issue six new stamps with postage values of 36p, 43p, 51p, 54p, 56p, and 77p named "Europa Astronomy" on the 28th of May 2009. These stamps are being issued to celebrate the "400th Anniversary of the Telescope". The telescope was actually invented in the Netherlands, but the Italian mathematician and philosopher Galileo Galilei and Englishman Thomas Harriot became the first people to view the night sky through telescopes exactly 400 years ago. Each of the stamps depict:

  • Quasar (digital enhancement) (36p)
  • Asteroid (digital enhancement) (43p)
  • Satellite view of the sunrays falling on the earth's surface (51p)
  • Jupiter sun flaring in background (digital composite) (54p)
  • The moon touches the sun before a total eclipse (56p)
  • A solar eruption from the sun is shown from an image by NASA's SOHO satellite July 1, 2002 (77p)

"Europa Astronomy" stamps can be purchased as set 0f 6, Sheets of 10, Presentation pack, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 36.00 x 36.00mm with perforation size of 13.25 x 13.25 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Joh Enschede using the Offset Lithography printing method with 110 gsm PVA adhesive paper.

Europa Astronomy FDC

Europa Astronomy FDC Stamp

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