If someone in your life loves his telescope more than his car, house or pet and gets excited about eclipses and ecstatic over meteor showers, give your astronomy buff a card celebrating his passion. Whether for a holiday or birthday, you can give your favourite astronomer an out-of-this-world greeting card. If you are crafty, you can create your own.
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You can purchase a variety of greeting cards with photos or illustrations of the planets, nebulae, meteors, solar flares, supernovas, distant galaxies and the Milky Way. There are also cards available depicting famous astrologers like Galileo, Copernicus, Newton and Herschel. Most of these cards are blank inside, permitting you to pen your own message, whether it's birthday wishes or congratulations on a recent achievement. You can purchase these kind of cards at many gift and card stores, online or locally, but you may want to investigate supporting your astronomer's favourite planetarium by buying cards from its gift shop.
If you love paper crafts, making a custom card for your astronomy buff friend or family member offers ample opportunity for creativity. Try using black card stock paper and rubber stamp images of stars, ringed Saturn or the moon in its different phases. Apply some adhesive to the rubber stamp image and sprinkle on the glitter. Or use contrasting colours of card stock and speciality paper punches in the shape of stars. You could also download a picture of your friend's favourite famous astronomer from the web and Photoshop an image of the two of them sharing a telescope. Print this image onto card paper and make a border of rubber stamped or punched planets and stars around it.
Obviously the best Christmas card for any astronomer would depict the three wise men -- ancient astronomers -- following the star. You could write some brief information about the astronomy involved in this biblical event inside the card to personalise it for the astronomer in your life.
Use an image of the solar system for the outside of the card. For the message inside, calculate the astronomer's age in the years of the different planets in the solar system. She will be older in Mercury and Venus years, but younger than her "Earth age" in the years of all the other planets.
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