Astronomy

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Do you remember gazing up on warm summer nights in search of the brightest star or watching for the glow of the northern lights in the cold dark of winter? These stamps take us back to those magical moments with awe-inspiring photos, by two Canadians, of the night sky’s tranquil beauty.

Issued on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the pair pays tribute to the organization and its commitment to promote the study of astronomy through public outreach.

Matt Quinn’s photo of the Milky Way, as seen from Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, is an example of how he connects with the natural world. “Photographing the stars makes me pay attention to the ebbs and flows of nature,” explains Quinn. “It reminds me to place my priorities on what truly matters.”

Alberta-based Alan Dyer’s photo of the northern lights over Churchill, Manitoba, is the result of decades of experimentation. Drawn to the ever-changing night sky, he relishes the immediate result that digital cameras have brought to his work. For Dyer, “looking up rekindles a childlike sense of wonder that can add so much enjoyment to our lives.”

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Product #: 414086111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $8.50
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Parcel Design
  • Illustration: Irene Laschi
  • Dimensions: 38 mm x 30 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
  • Quantity: 180,000
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Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps
  • Product #: 404086145
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet of 2 stamps
  • Price: $1.70
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Parcel Design
  • Illustration: Irene Laschi
  • Dimensions: 90 mm x 100 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
  • Quantity: 85,000
  • Gum type: PVA
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Souvenir sheet - Official First Day Cover
  • Product #: 404086144
  • Layout: Souvenir sheet - Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $2.70
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Parcel Design
  • Illustration: Irene Laschi
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Colour Innovations
  • Cancellation site: Calgary AB
  • Quantity: 7,000
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