Special postmark cover to mark the 92.8% eclipse over the Island on March 20th.
The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to work in collaboration with the Isle of Man Astronomical Society to celebrate the 92.8% Solar Eclipse on Friday 20th March 2015.
Of all the natural phenomenon seen on Earth, few can compare with the majesty of a total solar eclipse. At exactly 8.26am on the 20th March, the Isle of Man will start to experience a partial solar eclipse. This is special because the Sun will be 92.8% obscured by the Moon by 9.31am, making it one of the best opportunities to witness this event from the Island.
Isle of Man Post Office special limited edition postmark cover to mark the eclipse is comprised of text and a cover concept from Howard Parkin of Astro Manx. The cover includes three postmarks that show key times of the eclipse, as well as illustrating the moons passage over the sun. The cover is further complimented by three Dark Sky Discovery stamps placed on it from the Post Office's recently released Dark Sky Discovery stamp issue.
The eclipse starts at 8.26am on the morning of the 20th when the moon will appear to touch the edge of the Sun at the 3 o'clock position. The moon will then move across the solar disc with teh maximum 92.8% eclipsed sun visible at 9.32am. The moon will finally leave the solar disc at 10.39am, at the 9 o'clock position.
Many people will recall the eclipse from 1999, which was 88.2% eclipsed as seen from the Isle of Man so this one will potentially be more spectacular.
Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to mark this rare occasion with a special limited edition postmark cover including three postmarks that show key times of the eclipse, as well as illustrating the moons passage over the sun, and three Dark Sky Discovery stamps from the Dark Sky Discovery stamp issue. The cover is accompanied by an illustrated information card and limited to 1500 items.