Mount Rainier's 2015 Astronomy Geoscientist-in-the-Parks intern and volunteer Matt Dieterich has something to write home about now that one of his images captured after leading an astronomy program at Paradise last summer will be immortalized on a Forever Stamp by the United States Postal Service.
Matt was quoted saying "This night is one that I will never forget. After working with visitors at the Mount Rainier astronomy program on June 22, 2015, I noticed that there was an aurora, so I drove down to Reflection Lakes to capture it."
"To capture star trails photos like this," he added "all you need is a digital single lens reflex camera, a wide angle lens, tripod, and shutter release cable. So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get out under the stars!"
The June 2 day-of-issuance ceremony for the National Parks Forever Stamps pane will take place at New York City's Jarvis Center at 11:00am as part of the World Stamp Show - NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies will happen at or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps. Keep an eye out for an event coming to Mount Rainier National Park to celebrate Matt's great accomplishment!