August 16th, 2014

The Southern Lights – natural wonder will be depicted on a new stamp

Tags: is glad to inform that Australia Post is introducing a Southern lights stamp series. This issue features the images of this natural wonder highlighting its beauty. The stamp series will be released on the 26th of August.

The Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) are the counterpart of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Auroras most commonly occur above a band of high latitudes in each hemisphere, known as the auroral zones. Each auroral zone is centred on the Earth's magnetic poles, and lies between latitudes of approximately 50 ̊ and 60 ̊. The Southern Lights are less commonly seen than their northern counterpart, as there are comparatively few populated regions under the auroral zone of the Southern Hemisphere.

When the aurora is sufficiently bright, specific colours may be seen, most commonly green, red and violet. These colours depend on energy of the incoming solar particles, and the type of atmospheric gases they interact with.

The Southern Lights are best seen from the islands of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. In Australia, they are occasionally observed in the southern skies of Tasmania, and sometimes from southern locales on the mainland.

The photographs in the designs were taken in Tasmania. The minisheet's tête-bêche configuration of stamps will be of interest to collectors.

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