#A to Z Challenge: Heavenly bodies on stamps

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H is for heavenly bodies !

I have always been fascinated with heavenly bodies and the stories different cultures all over the world have about the night sky. They teach us about our history, geography, astronomy, the origins or the beginnings of our world, and our race. I have observed in many folk tales, we discover how we, humans, struggle to find our place in the universe and in the world we live in.

Here are two of my favourite stamps:

Botswana's Sky at Night: The Moon and the women of Setsana.
Botswana’s Sky at Night: The Moon and the women of Setsana.

References to the moon are ubiquitous in local cultures. This stamp depicts a Setswana group of women who, it is said, bring a gentle light to the home, unlike the oppressive heat of the sun. The lunar waxing and waning also coincides with monthly fortunes, the waxing moon being U-shaped, carries problems and diseases, whereas the waning moon spills theses misfortunes on the people. Here the moon is accompanied by the recent concatenation with Jupiter and Venus. “Maphatlalatsane”, the brightest celestial object after the sun and moon. (Source)

This is the complete set of Botswana’s Sky Night series issued in 2009:

From left to right: The Southern Cross and four giraffes; the meteorite and shamans shooting arrows; the solar eclipse and the magical lions; and lastly, the moon with a group of Setsana women.
From left to right: The Southern Cross and four giraffes; the meteorite and shamans shooting arrows; the solar eclipse and the magical lions; and lastly, the moon with a group of Setsana women.

The second one came from Finland, a beautiful black and white Europa-themed stamp:

europa-astronomy-stamp

The year 2009 was declared as the International Year of Astronomy. The theme year was endorsed by the UN and organised by the International Astronomical Union, with the slogan, The Universe – Yours to Discover. Here’s the complete set of stamps depicting a fantasy landscape with lakes and different heavenly bodies.

Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.
Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.

The stamp on the left bears a comet on its left side, accompanied by a lunar eclipse. The large planet shown on the stamp on the right is Saturn. I like Saturn the most because it looks more than just a lump of rock. It is amazing to see these heavenly bodies above us and with the help of modern technology, we can also see those that are in the far, far side of the universe. Imagine a starry night, or a moon-lit night, one can’t help but wonder about life and the vastness of the universe. It never fails to give me shivers, in a positive kind of way. Now, imagine seeing them up close!

Sunday Stamps 082: The heavenly bodies on stamps

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Hey, there. I hope you’re all enjoying a great Sunday. Today’s spent for R and R after yesterday’s kite flying trip outside of the city. Needless to say, we had fun yesterday even if the sun was really scorching hot. We spent about three hours under the sun flying kites. And not just any kite – it’s a handmade-kite and attached to it is a camera rig. So we’re not only flying the kites but also taking aerial photos. My husband’s into kite aerial photography and every weekend we devote time to do just that. If you are interested, kindly visit his blog here – Kestrel KAP Cambodia. And please excuse the shameless plug 🙂

Now on to the stamp. I found several stamps that fit into this week’s theme but I had to choose only one stamp since I’m still feeling a little lazy after yesterday’s outdoor activity. I’ll make it up next time, promise.

Here it is, a beautiful black and white Europa stamp from Finland:

europa-astronomy-stamp

The year 2009 was declared as the International Year of Astronomy. The theme year was endorsed by the UN and organised by the International Astronomical Union, with the slogan, The Universe – Yours to Discover.

So in May of 2009, the Finnish Postal Service issued two Europa stamps, one of which I have above. The pair of stamps depict a fantasy landscape of lakes and different heavenly bodies. The stamp above bears a comet on its left side, accompanied by a lunar eclipse. The large planet shown on the stamp is Saturn.

Below is the pair’s souvenir sheet. The other stamp that I don’t hav has the Moon in the centre, with the Milky Way on the right side of the stamp.

Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.
Imaged nicked off GoogleImages.

It is amazing to see these heavenly bodies above us. One does not need a very high-tech telescope to do so, just look up to the sky one night and you’ll know what I mean. Especially on a starry night, or a moon-lit night, one can’t help but wonder about life and the vastness of the universe. It never fails to give me shivers, I kid you not.

But please, Lord. Don’t let these heavenly bodies fall on earth.

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