The universe has inspired awe and wonder for aeons. In the old days, stars could only be observed with the naked eye. Now, technology helps us to explore the boundless universe and unveil the secrets of outer space.The upcoming “Astronomical Phenomena” special stamp issue introduces us to the fascinating world of astronomy. It features seven well-known types of astronomical phenomena, namely solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, meteor showers, comets, sunspots, moon-planet conjunction and Saturn’s ring tilt variation. Other attractive products in this stamp issue include:
(a) a se-tenant stamp, the first ever in Hong Kong, showing six adjoining stamp designs on the same sheet;
(b) a $20 stamp sheetlet featuring the lunar eclipse.
The stamp is printed in lithography with holographic 3D foil and micro-embossing to give the moon a lifelike appearance; and
(c) a set of seven postage prepaid picture cards, with 3D printing effect.
Official First Day Covers will be on sale at $1.20 each at all post offices from tomorrow (March 3). The stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from tomorrow to March 9.
On April 4 this year, a total lunar eclipse will occur and, weather permitting, be clearly observed in Hong Kong.
To mark this special occasion, a cachet with the theme of “Astronomical Phenomena” will be available at all philatelic offices and the Hong Kong Space Museum from March 17 to April 4. In addition, to arouse the interest of the younger generation in astronomy and philately, Hongkong Post will organise school tours and workshops in collaboration with the Hong Kong Space Museum. Details will be announced separately.