US Post To Commemorate 2017 Total Solar Eclipse With Color-Changing Forever Stamp

Posted: Apr 28 2017, 11:06am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
US Post to Commemorate 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with Color-Changing Forever Stamp
The Postal Service will soon release this first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. Credit: USPS
  • Total Eclipse of the Sun to be commemorated on a Forever Stamp by US Postal Service

A hue-transforming touch-sensitive US stamp is to commemorate the total solar eclipse of 2017.

Like a solar eclipse will radically change the skyline over the United States on August 21st, a new commemorative stamp will change color when you touch it with your finger.

A picture of the moon will overlap that of the sun. The photos for this stamp come thanks to the efforts of an astrophysicist named Fred Espenak. This man has seen over 20 solar eclipses on every one of the continents.

The total solar eclipse which will take place in 2017 is being labeled as the Great American Eclipse. It will be viewed by both amateurs and professionals from coast to coast.

Over 14 states will enjoy a clear view of this eclipse. Many will also get to see parts of it which will be a joyous sight too. Previously, such a total solar eclipse took place in the United States in 1979.

To commemorate this occurrence, the US Postal Service is issuing a stamp on June 20th. It features a cool view of the sun from its exterior. This is overshadowed by the full moon. Espenak, the man responsible for the picture, snapped it in 1970. Today it is featured on a touch-sensitive color-changing stamp.

Espenak has been said to be ecstatic and absolutely thrilled. He is content in the fact that his choice of photography was unique and beautiful not to mention memorable. He has said that it is indeed an honor to have photos taken by him on the new and special stamp.

This eclipse will be a hands-on opportunity for so many people to experience the science of astronomy on a first-hand basis. They will make full use of their eyesight and there will be nothing to block their view of the eclipse.

Espenak shot the eclipse photo in Libya in 2006. As for the moon shot, it comes from his home state of Arizona about half a dozen years ago. This stamp is being issued in synch with the summer solstice.

This stamp features thermochromatic ink. It will change in response to a finger’s touch to reveal the moon’s picture. As it cools, the moon will become blurred again. These stamps will be special stamps.

Their back sides will feature a map of the pathway taken by the eclipse. Espenak has a site on the Internet titled “Mr. Eclipse”. Seeing a complete eclipse will be a totally novel experience, he said recently. It will be a case of all thriller and no filler.

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