|Photographer: Beth Swanson|
Designer: Greg Breeding
Art Director: William Gicker
The USPS site says: "Taken as the full moon rises, the image captures the brilliant surface of earth’s only natural satellite. Issued at the $1.20 price, this Global Forever stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International service is available."
I agree with Kelly Beatty at Sky and telescope, who says in this article that "The golden orb is pretty, though the USPS might have have provided a "teachable moment" by using a cycle of lunar phases in its 10-stamp sheet, rather than merely showing the same image over and over."
|Gorgeous sheet of stamps, but would phases have been a better way to engage the public?|
|Get ready, InOMN is October 8, 2016!|
Having spent this time learning about the Moon's phases has probably made you want to take another, closer look. While anytime is a great time to go look at the Moon (weather and phase permitting), there is one night a year that is particularly special. That is International Observe the Moon Night, or InOMN. InOMN is a yearly celebration where people the world over all gaze at the Moon together; the site has listings of events, activities, and ways to get involved.
|Moon Mappers - You are the scientist!|
Image Credits: Stamps! The United States Postal Service, InOMN Logo, InOMN resources site, Moon Mappers, CosmoQuest.org. Visit them all and learn more!