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25 August 2009
17/2009
Miniature Sheet

Stargazing: The Southern Skies - Minisheet

Australia
This stamp issue is being released during the International Year of Astronomy. It highlights the beauty of astronomical objects revealed through the art of astrophotography, and it celebrates a science that has had an enormous impact on culture and society worldwide.

The miniature sheet conceptually anchors the three stamps. It shows the dome of the Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring, NSW, backed by star trails around the south celestial pole. The two galaxy images in the stamp designs were taken from this telescope, while the nebula image was taken from a backyard observatory in Yass.

Stargazing: The Southern Skies - Minisheet  

Stargazing: The Southern Skies - Minisheet

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2009-08-25
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2009-09-22
Denominations: $4.10
Designer: John White, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: McKellar
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
National Postmark: Southern Cross, WA 6426
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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