Faroe Islands Issued Stamps on Total Solar Eclipse 2015

faroe islands solar eclipse stampsThe Moon orbits Earth and Earth revolves around the Sun. The moon completes its orbit around Earth in just under a month, thus passing between Earth and the Sun 12-13 times a year. This phase is called the new moon. If the Moon is right in front of the Sun in this phase, we have a total solar eclipse. Generally, however, the Moon passes either above the Sun or below the Sun, because the Moon’s orbit around Earth is not in the ecliptic, which is Earth’s orbit around the Sun.The first new moon in 2015 occurs on January 20, the second on February 19, the third on March 20 etc. The twelfth and last new moon in 2015 is on the 11th of December. On March 20 the Moon will in fact pass right in front of the Sun in a shadow zone, which is rapidly moving up The North Atlantic Ocean west of the Faroe Islands. Therefore, the solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 will be total in the Faroe Islands.

Issue Date: 11.03.2015 Designer: Martin Mörck Printer: BPost Belgium Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40x50mm & 135/65mm Values: 17.00 and 19.00 kr

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