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Ancient Chinese, Danish astronomers commemorated on stamps

(Xinhua)

14:17, January 05, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The postal authorities of Denmark and China have jointly issued a set of stamps commemorating famous astronomers from both countries, and a launch ceremony was held here Wednesday.

The series of two stamps, called Ancient Astronomical Instruments, feature the Abridged Armilla of the 13th century Chinese astronomer Guo Shoujing, and the armillary sphere of his 16th century Danish counterpart Tycho Brahe.

"It was important for both postal authorities to find a cultural theme that we could collaborate on," said Lene Reipuert, Manager of Stamps at Post Danmark.

"We came to agree on astronomy because we have this history of astronomy, in Denmark with Tycho Brahe, and with the tradition of astronomy going much further back in China," she told Xinhua.

According to Post Denmark, it was the first time the two countries' postal authorities collaborated on design and issue of such philatelic products.

Reipuert presented a commemorative edition of the stamps to Han Xiaodong, Charge D'Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Denmark, at the ceremony, which took place at Tycho Brahe planetarium in Copenhagen and was attended by around 200 people.

Han congratulated Post Denmark on the joint release of the stamps, saying the collaboration reflected the warm relations between the two countries for over 60 years.

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