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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Sendai Astronomical Observatory, which was opened in 1955 thanks to generous donations from the citizens of the city of Sendai and other contributors. Traditionally, the 60th anniversary gift is diamonds, and as everyone knows, diamonds are forever.

But don’t we also kind of hope that Earth is forever, too? One of the many items the observatory sells is a lollipop with the image of the earth printed on it. The effect will leave you…earthstruck.

You’ve got the whole world in your hand with this pretty awesome-looking lollipop. It’s all part of the concept “Bringing space close to you” at the Sendai Astronomical Observatory. The image they use on the lollipop is a wonderful view of the Earth on its 23.4 degree axial tilt that helps make it possible for life to exist. It’s hard to imagine the beauty of the entire Earth when we live upon its surface. It is really easy to see it in this candy though, especially if you hold it up to the blue sky.

This fancy little treat has been sold at the observatory’s gift store since April of 2014. This year, another celestial lollipop was added to the lineup, this one with an image of the moon, going on sale on April 4, coinciding with the date’s the total eclipse of the moon.

▼ These lollipops are a total eclipse of the heart.

With the increased number of visitors due to the 60th anniversary celebration and events, these popular candies have really taken off in popularity. Guests will often find that the shop is sold out of the lollipops, so if you want to purchase one, you’ll need to have a little bit of luck on your side.

Each lollipop is 200 yen (US $1.67) and the pair of them look so good you might want to put them in the fridge and save them for a special occasion, like Earth Day. If the gift shop doesn’t have those particular candies, they have a bunch of other space themed goodies as well, such as marshmallows and cookies with the planets on them.

As well-known astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson always says, “Keep looking up!”

Source: Naver Matome
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