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Astro Money and Stamps

Rumanian 2000 Lei Bill - Front

Rumanian 2000 Lei Bill - Back

The Rumanian 
2000 Lei Bill

I noted in the Aug 2001 issue of S&T (page. 16 ) that a 2,000 Romanian Lei bill has astronomy stuff on it. It is an unusual bill (at least by US standards) in that it is made of a thin plastic, with what I believe are "artistic" renditions of the eclipse being transparent!

As it happened, my son went to Romania for a two week missions trip. I asked him to get me some of the 2,000 Lei bills, if it were not too expensive. It turned out that 2,000 Lei is equivalent to 6.8 US cents (not much!).

My idea was this: If my son could get some, I would be glad to share some with my fellow AAAA'ers. 

Well, the unexpected happened: The officials in Romania took a dim view on money making a one-way exit from their country. As a consequence, my son could only bring back one of the 2000 Lei bills. 

Instead, I have sent the bill to AAAA Webmaster Ed Flaspoehler to scan and include on this AAAA web page.  I hope you enjoy seeing this interesting piece of money.

Eugene Lanning and Family 

Empresa de Correos de Chile

The Return of Comet Halley 1985

First Day Cover - 29 November, 1985

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The Unites States Postal Service

Edmund Halley 33 Cent Stamps

Images from the

Hubble Space Telescope

named in honor of


American Asttronomer

Edwin Powell Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in April 1990, was named by NASA in honor of Astronomer Dr. Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953). Hubble determined that galaxies (very large groups of stars and associated matter) exist outside of and are receding from the Milky Way. His work demonstrated that the universe is expanding. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken hundreds of thousands of images of astronomical objects, including the four nebulae (interstellar clouds of gas and dust) and one galaxy shown on these stamps.

The Top Row of Stamps - Left to Right

Eagle Nebula - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the beauty of a dramatic region of star formation. This stellar nursery, known as the Eagle Nebula, features pillars of dust and gas that act as cocoons for embryonic stars.

Ring Nebula - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope peered at the Ring Nebula, a barrel of gas cast off by a dying star similar to our sun. The barrel, formed over thousands of years at the end of the star's life, appears as a ring.

Lagoon Nebula - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope imaged an eerie cradle of star formation called the Lagoon Nebula. The giant clouds of dusty gas may have been shaped by high-speed interstellar winds created within the clouds by newly formed stars.

The Egg Nebula - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope provided this view of the last gasps of the sun-like star in the Egg Nebula. The intriguing "searchlight" beams are emerging from the dying star, hidden behind the dark central dust band.

Galaxy NGC 1316 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the aftermath of an ancient collision between two galaxies. The remains of the small galaxy appear as dark clumps against the glowing core of the large galaxy, known as NGC 1316

Safe Solar Eclipse Observing

Looking at the sun directly without proper protection 
is dangerous and can permanently damage your eyesight.

The American Optometric Association warns skywatchers not to look directly at the eclipsed sun. "Looking at the solar eclipse without proper protection can result in serious eye damage," the association warns in a statement. To view the eclipse, the experts recommend special equipment, such as a welder's lens, a pinhole camera, or other indirect viewing equipment.

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