Sunday, 10 June 2012

Life, the Universe and Everything: Sunday Stamps.

This week saw Venus make its transit across the sun, an astronomical event which will not occur again until 2117. I didn't view the event, but I feel like this week there was all sorts of big things going on in my personal universe, so I feel like I felt it - if that makes sense. Basically the transit coincided with my housemate telling me she was moving out... and an old high school friend advertising a room for rent. In 24 hours I became effectively homeless, and then suddenly with a new postcode on the hipster side of town. I am very excited. Anyhow. Onto the topic at hand.

In honour of this twice-in-a-lifetime event (the transit cycle means it passes by twice in eight years, and then not again for another 105 or 121), the theme for Viridian's Sunday Stamps is astronomy. So from my stamp collection I dug out the above two really lovely stamps that were issued for "International Space Year 1992". Unfortunately I don't yet own the third stamp in the series, which depicts the Pleiades... but I think I will definitely have to add it to my collection:

Sitting in my album alongside the above really beautiful astronomical photographic stamps, I have the following stamps which depict milestones in space exploration.

The series was released in 2007 and was titled "Blast Off! 50 years in Space". Although they kind of look like they have been drawn to illustrate a B-grade children's sci-fi show, upon much consideration I have decided that I do in fact quite like them (perhaps because I have a predilection for anything sci-fi).

For fun, here is the NASA video of the Transit of Venus, which is quite spectacular. Enjoy.

This has been an entry into Viridian's Sunday Stamps. Check out other entries here:


  1. The NASA film of Venus passing a boiling sun is spectacular. I can never get enough of photos of galaxies, nice stamps. Good luck with the move, who needs "infinite improbability drive" when life does it for you:-)

  2. Although I'm showing nothing today I'm glad I decided to check what others were posting. You have shown us a series of great stamps all well worth collecting.

  3. All these stamps are wonderful!! the spiral galaxy one has such detail for a samll image. Good luck in your adventures,a dn hope you are doing well.

  4. A lovely selection of stamps, good luck with your house move, it sounds like everything will work out fine :)

  5. I rather like those 'blast off' stamps, too. It is neat that you have to keep turning them around to read each bit right side up.

    the video was very cool.

  6. The stamps are really superb! I think the 1992 series is particularly impressive.

  7. My 6 yr-old son said your stamps are "cool" :D

    Thanks for visiting my Sunday Stamp entry-Willa @ Postage Journal


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