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British Antarctic Territory 2008 – Aurorae over Antarctica

One of the finest aurora sets ever produced, but poorly documented. Five stamps in a strip show differently coloured aurorae over the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station and its surroundings (the tent in the second picture is a field camp). Unfortunately, neither the BAS nor the stamp designers were able to tell me who the photographers were so I am unable to credit them. If you know, please get in touch.

As explained in the notes released with the stamps: “Auroras can tell us a great deal about space weather, particularly magnetic storms which can disrupt modern satellite communication systems and cause power blackouts. The British Antarctic Survey scientists stationed at Halley Research Station are aware of Antarctica’s importance in the study of geospace and are ideally situated to view the aurora during the 105 days when the sun does not rise above the horizon.”


SG number
Face value
Colour
490
65 p
Multicoloured
491
65 p
Multicoloured
492
65 p
Multicoloured
493
65 p
Multicoloured
494
65 p
Multicoloured
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