BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The U.S. Postal Service decided to become a part of the national phenomenon revolving around the total solar eclipse on August 21st. They decided to spice the enthusiasm of the people by releasing a special stamp which depicts the event.
On Thursday, they announced that they will not let this astronomic event go without a special item to commemorate it. Thus, they decided to release a special stamp as a way to celebrate the eclipse and to make sure people will have an item to remind them of it.
The stamp uses heat to reveal you an image of the eclipse
The item is known as the “Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp” and it uses heat to show you the image of an eclipse. At first, it displays an image of a blackened sun. If you put your finger over it and heat it, the image will turn into the moon.
For the stamp, they used an image captured during a total eclipse which occurred on March 29th, 2006, in Jalu, Libya. This image is popular, as it was taken by “Mr. Eclipse”. This man is no other than Fred Espenak, a NASA astrophysicist who is now retired.
This is the first time when the U.S. Postal Service use termochromic ink to create a stamp. This ink is special because it changes color under heat and light. You only have to use your thumb to heat the dark image, which will turn into the moon. When the heat goes away, the moon image turns back to the eclipse one. If you turn the stamp upside down, you will find a map displaying the path of the eclipse.
The first total eclipse in America in 99 years
The entire American nation is so excited about this eclipse because it will be the first such event which is visible on the American territory in 99 years. It will pass through 12 states, starting on the West Coast in Oregon and continuing its path to the East Coast in South Carolina. People will be able to witness it for about two or three seconds in each given location.
The U.S. Postal Service will release the stamp on June 20th, during a special ceremony held at University of Wyoming’s Art Museum. The museum is situated in Laramie, which represents one of the cities where the eclipse will be visible. Also, the date of the release is special, as it represents the summer solstice.
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