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Total Eclipse of the Sun postage stamp 
Thermal-powered postage stamp transforms with the heat from a fingertip

The United States Postal Service has unveiled the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp.
Background: A total eclipse of the Sun will occur on Aug. 21. The solar eclipse happens as the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on Earth. Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view this rare event, which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918.

The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the “path of totality,” will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time) passing through portions of 14 states.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp image is from a photograph taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak of Portal, AZ, who is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on total solar eclipses with 27 under his belt.  The photograph shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

“I’m honored to have my images on this unique stamp,” said Espenak, who began collecting eclipse stamps after witnessing his first as a teenager. “A total eclipse of the Sun is simply the most beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring astronomical event you can see with the naked eye.”

The Stamps:

The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available at Post Office facilities nationwide on June 20 and may also be ordered online for home delivery. 

In the first U.S. stamp application of thermochromic ink, the Total Solar Eclipse stamps will reveal a second image. Using the body heat of your thumb or fingers and rubbing the eclipse image will reveal an underlying image of the Moon. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools. 

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service is offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamp.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.


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News Release from BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin Districts  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  July 13, 2017

Contact: Sarah Beckwith, 307-347-5207, sbeckwith@blm.gov

BLM Cody, Lander and Worland Issue Fire Restrictions

Effective Thursday, July 13, fire restrictions are in effect for all public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management Cody, Lander and Worland field offices.

Fire managers base decisions about fire restrictions on current and projected weather conditions, amount of dry vegetation, and other risk factors.

“These fire restrictions are a result of our continued coordinated relationships with our fellow wildfire cooperators within the Bighorn and Wind River basins,” said Assistant Fire Management Officer Aaron Thompson.


Hot, dry conditions and high fire danger have prompted the prohibition of the following activities:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within agency-provided fire grates at developed recreation sites, or within fully enclosed stoves with a ¼” spark arrester type screen, or within fully enclosed grills, or in stoves using pressurized liquid or gas.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a U.S. Department of Agriculture or Society of Automotive Engineers approved spark arrester properly installed and working, a chemical fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity by weight, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 36 inches.
  • Using a welder, either arc or gas, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter with a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher of not less than 8 ounces capacity.


These fire restrictions are in addition to the year-round wildfire prevention restrictions on BLM-administered lands throughout Wyoming, which include:

  • Discharging or using any fireworks.
  • Discharging of a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition.
  • Burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, or any other hazardous or explosive material.
  • Operating any off-road vehicle on public lands unless the vehicle is equipped with a properly installed spark arrester pursuant to 43 CFR 8343.1 (c).


It is important we all do our part to prevent unnecessary risks of wildfire starts. Failure to comply with fire restrictions on federal lands is punishable by law. Those found responsible for starting wildfires will also face restitution costs for suppressing the fire.


For more informationon rules and restrictions regarding fire on federal lands, as well as fire restrictions in other areas, please visit www.blm.gov/wyoming-fire-restrictions or contact Thompson at 307-332-8472.

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