Japan – Constellation Series 3

Japan – Constellation Series 3

Japan Constellations Series 3

Date of Issue 5th July 2013
Denomination 800 JPY
Layout Sheet of 10 self-adhesive stamps
Design Hoshiyama Rika
Printer Hanshiki Printing
Quantity 50 Million (5 Million Sheets)
Dimensions 38.5 x 28.12 (Stamps)187 x 127 (Sheet)
Printing Process Offset in 6 colors plus Hologram Foil   Stamping
Paper Type
Security Features
Hologram Type Laser Hologram Foil
Hologram Description Hologram Foil on the outlines of   constellations and text at bottom of the sheet
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About the design of postage stamps issued

( 1 ) Cancer

Is one of 12 constellations of the ecliptic (※) ( fourth seat ) . It appears high in the sky in the south of a good spring . There is no bright stars , but ” Praesepe star cluster ” is shimmering on the position of the shell of the crab . In Greek mythology , brave fight with Hercules to aid in ( Hydra ) Hydra , ghost crabs had been treaded is model .

※12 constellations ecliptic
It is a constellation of twelve orbit the sun on the celestial sphere ( ecliptic ) passes. It is also the constellation high degree of recognition is used in astrology since ancient times .

( 2 ) Leo

Is one of the 12 constellations ecliptic ( fifth seat ) . It appears high in the sky in the south of a good spring . Is one of the constellations representing the spring , first-magnitude star Regulus shines on the position of the heart of a lion ( Lion ) . Part of the tail 2 magnitude star Denebola shines from head the stars line up in sequence , such as ” turned over to the left and right question marks ” to , is a constellation shapely figure of a lion emerges clearly .

( 3 ) Virgo

Is one of the 12 constellations ecliptic ( 6 seat ) . It appears high in the sky at night in the south of the spring . It is a constellation in the shape of the ( goddess Astraea of justice ) or goddess Demeter of farming . The shine on the position of the ears of wheat that has goddess , first-magnitude star Spica will draw a majestic “large curve of spring ” When you connect with the pattern of the Big Dipper , Arcturus .

( 4 ) Ursa Major

It is a constellation visible high in the sky at night in the north of the spring . The seven stars that has been likened to part of the waist and long tail of the Great Bear is famous as the ” Big Dipper ” , has long been used as a marker Find the North Star . In the constellation Callisto fairy became the figure of the bear , has become a ( Little Dipper ) constellation in the figure of the child also bear cub Al Qasr .

( 5 ) Little Bear

It is a constellation visible in the northern sky on a spring night . 2, and the like a shining star at the tip of long tail of the Little Bear is the North Star . Because they won the North Pole of the earth’s axis direction nearly , the stars are moved from east to west over time , Polaris , shines without moving in the direction of the north always . You can see in the northern sky all year round also Little Bear whole .

( 6 ) Bootes

It is a constellation visible high overhead on the night of spring . The first-magnitude star Arcturus , an orange glow is vivid in the bright star ‘s third all-sky . In the sense of ” guardian of the bear ” , figure that the Hikitsure ( Canes Venatici ) hound , goad the Great Bear ( Ursa Major ) in the west neighbor is considered the prototype of ” cattleman ” is Arcturus .

( 7 ) Corvus

It is a constellation visible low in the south at night in the spring . There is no bright stars , but the stars line of quadrilateral unique 4 -magnitude star is shaping is impressive . It is said has a wing of silver white , it was a clever crow who understands human language original but , because it was a tattle , and became a constellation by being let into a black figure to buy the wrath of God .

( 8 ) Corona

It is a constellation visible high overhead on the night of spring . It is a small constellation , but the stars line of semi-circular well-equipped and QURULI you a lot of looks unexpectedly . ( Lease ) seems to have been the original image wreath , but I came to be regarded as a coronet later . 2 magnitude star Gemma shining in the coronet is the meaning of jewelry in Latin .

( 9 ) Canes Venatici

It is a constellation visible high overhead on the night of spring . Hound of the two heads of Nakara of ( south ) and ( north ) is drawn Asuterion . The original was part of Ursa Major , but it became a constellation that is independent in the 17th century . In the sense of ” heart of King Charles ” , etc. 3 star Col calories is by naming from another and Canes Venatici .

( 10 ) Ladle mother and child

” Ladle mother and child ” is a ” constellation name of ancient Japanese ” different from the constellation name the International Astronomical Union , which is used all over the world currently defined . By the , old , to resemble ” dipper ( ladle ) ” in the star column of bright 7 , ( China origin this name ) had been popular in Japan Big Dipper is part of Ursa Major .

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