As the sun rises you look outside your window, a mug of steaming tea in your hands, and see first glimmer of the stars shimmering on the horizon and the New Crescent Moon strung up in the pale sky…
Graced with watercolour by Agnes Becker these cards are the perfect way to reconnect with your loved ones, remind them of the cycles and rhythms of life, and spark a moment of wonder for the night sky.
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm
Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft
Card: 300gsm 100% recycled card
Medium: watercolour, dip pen and ink, Photoshop
Celebrating the silent nights of winter, this card capturing the glittering Sirius star that appears on winter’s dawn horizon reminds us to connect with loved ones that make us feel wonderful - like the brightest star in the sky.
Front: Shine like the brightest star in the sky
Back: On a clear, crisp winter night, look up and spot Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Also known as the Dog Star and Alpha Canis Majoris, Sirius (from the Greek meaning “sparkling” or “scorching”) is in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Draw a line through Orion’s Belt and Sirius lies roughly eight times as far from the Belt as the Belt is wide. Just 8.6 light years away (relatively close!), Sirius is an “A” type star, i.e. it’s much hotter than our sun with a surface temperature of 9,400°C compared to 5,500°C and puts out 26 times as much energy, despite only being around twice the size of our sun.
As the sun sets you look up see the waxing crescent moon and bright planet Venus appear in the crisp evening air. The waxing crescent moon marks the end of the dark, new moon and beginning of the cycle to the full moon: simultaneously an ending and a new beginning.
Back: At certain times of the year, just after the sun has set, you can see the waxing crescent moon and bright planet Venus appear in the crisp evening air. Both the moon and Venus shine by reflecting the light of the sun; they are “literally heavenly bodies basking in sunshine” (Earthsky.org). The waxing crescent moon marks the end of the dark, new moon and beginning of the cycle to the full moon: simultaneously an ending and a new beginning.