Japan – Constellation Series 3
|Date of Issue||5th July 2013|
|Layout||Sheet of 10 self-adhesive stamps|
|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|
|Hologram Type||Laser Hologram Foil|
|Hologram Description||Hologram Foil on the outlines of constellations and text at bottom of the sheet|
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 .