EUROPA - Under thè European sky

It was tour hundred years ago - 1609 -that thè Italian physi-cist, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei first looked at thè sky through a tele­scope.

He discovered that thè Moon was not a per-fect sphere, but pock-marked with craters, that Jupiter was clearly orbited by four natu­rai satellites that were named thè Galilean moons, and that thè Milky Way was made up of billions of stars.

Four centuries later, thè United Nations has declared 2009 to be thè International Year of
Astronomy (IYA2009). Its theme The Universe, Yours to Discover' is an initiative for ali citizens
of our planet. It gives them thè opportunity to rediscover their piace in thè universe by admiring
thè splendour of thè sky. The goal is to generate a sense of wonder and discovery in everyone.

We ali need to realise thè impact astronomy and fundamental sciences have on our daily lite, to understand that scientific knowledge contributes to a more balanced and peaceful society.

Many activities have been planned at home and abroad. One of them is thè * ìncìuded m thè postage stamps subscription Planetarium's request for thè issue of a special postage stamp. The Planeta-rium, which is part of thè Royal Belgian Observatory, is thè best piace to dis-cover beautiful, mysterious heavenly

Theme: thè EUROPA postage stamp to markthe International Year of Astronomy 400 years after thè first astronomi-cai observation by Galileo Galilei

Denomination: lì or €0.90
Stamp size: 48.75 mm x 38.15 mm
Sheetsize: 125 mm x90 mm
Composita of thè sheet: 1 stamp
Paper: litho phosphorescent
Perforata: 11"2
Printing method: offset
Engraving (cylinders): De Schutter 'Neroc sa
Printing: Stamps Production Belgium
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