IYA 2009 MALTA
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Name: International Year of Astronomy 2009
Date of Issue: 9 May 2009
Country: Malta
Denominations: €0.37, €1.19

It consits of two beautiful stamps depiting Galileo and telescope.The Euro 0.37 stamp features a portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) by Francesco Boschi and one of Galileo’s sketches of the moon set against a starry background including the constellation Orion. The stamp also commemorates the 40 year anniversary of the first manned lunar landing by featuring the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle”. The Euro 1.19 stamp shows the great telescope of William Lassell, set up in Malta between 1861 and 1865, against a background of stars showing Nebula M42, which Lassell himself observed on various occasions from Malta.

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