Name: International Year of Astronomy 2009 Date of Issue: 15 January, 2009 Denominations:250 won, 250 won
Countless stars embellish the night sky. Stars are the sources of mysterious and amazing legends. Depicted in our imagination, the moon has been where the rabbit mills, but the universe is now revealing its secrets one by one, as mankind’s scientific technology inexorably advances.
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s observation of the night sky through a telescope, the UN declared the year 2009 as the “International Year of Astronomy. In commemoration of the “International Year of Astronomy 2009,”a new stamp featuring the mysterious look of the universe is issued. Introduced are: the Planetary Nebula NGC 3132 which looks like a planet but is actually composed of clouds of gases and dust created by the explosion of a star’s unstable outer layer; and the Whirlpool Galaxy M51 composed of hundreds of billions of stars and interstellar matter.
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