The booklet features five species of sharks on stamps illustrated by noted Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi. The shortfin mako shark can swim at speeds in excess of 50 km/h, making it the world’s fastest. A gentle giant, endangered in the Pacific and of special concern in Atlantic waters, the basking shark can grow up to nine metres in length on a diet solely of plankton. Also endangered is the white shark, Hollywood’s infamous toothy terror. Named for the colour of its back, the blue shark was once considered at risk but populations have since rebounded. Finally, the slow-swimming Greenland shark has the longest lifespan of any vertebrate, with some living more than 400 years.
ISSUE DATE: July 13, 2018 STAMP DESIGNER: Andrew Perro ILLUSTRATION: Julius Csotonyi STAMP VALUE: PermanentTM (domestic rate) QUANTITY PRODUCED: 250,000 DIMENSIONS: 28.8 mm x 28.8 mm
The date, time and coordinates of each photo, as well as the type of lens and camera settings used appear in the border of the stamp when viewed under a black light. The booklet contains two stamp designs, each featuring a stunning photograph of the night sky. One photo shows the Milky Way and the other is of the northern lights.An ethereal band of light made up of the collective glow of hundreds of billions of stars, the Milky Way is the spiral galaxy that contains our own solar system. Also known as aurora borealis, the brilliant colours of the northern lights appear when charged particles released by the Sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field.
Founded in Toronto in 1868, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada promotes the study of astronomy and its allied sciences through its public outreach programs.
The booklet also includes an illustration of the Plaskett Telescope at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia, which celebrates 100 years in 2018.
ISSUE DATE: June 29, 2018 STAMP DESIGNER: Parcel Design ILLUSTRATION: Irene Laschi STAMP VALUE: PermanentTM (domestic rate) QUANTITY PRODUCED: 180,000 DIMENSIONS: 38 mm x 30 mm