Royal Mail is issuing a set of 8 stamps on the occasion of Bicentenary of the Royal Astronomical Society on 11th February 2020.Visions of the Universe features eight illustrations of astronomical phenomena discovered or investigated by UK astronomers and astrophysicists.Included in the set are: Cat’s Eye Nebula; Geysers on Saturn’s moon Enceladus; Pulsars; Black Holes; Jupiter’s Auroras; gravitational lensing; Comet 67P; and Cygnus A Galaxy

The stamps have been designed in collaboration with the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Artist, Robert Ball, has illustrated original images of each phenomena, bringing a dynamism and vibrancy to each stamp.The RAS was conceived in January 1820 when 14 ‘gentleman astronomers’ sat down to dinner at the Freemasons’ Tavern, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. It is now the UK’s leading learned society for astronomy.

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