Mint set of four gummed stamps.
Aurora Australis, or southern lights, can be seen throughout the four-month winter night. While there is no direct sunlight, the Moon and stars are bright and remind you that the sun is still out there.
In August the sun rises once more. As the sun has been away so long, this is the coldest month but brings with it the return of the amazing twilight colours. Sunrises turn the sky fiery orange and red with deep purples, while work begins to prepare for the upcoming summer season.
As a sunset brings each day to a close, this first sunset of the year signals the end of the summer season at Scott Base.
The two-month transition from summer to winter finds the sun retreating to the north and leaving midday twilight with prolonged sunsets. These twilight hues reflect off the snow and ice to colour the white world in bright purples and pinks.
|Date of issue:||7 October 2020|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.40, $2.70, $3.50, $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Cam Price, New Zealand Post Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus black thermographic ink|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (horizontal)|
|Miniature sheet size and format:||150mm x 90mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks are available in A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 6 October 2021. First day covers will remain on sale until 2 December 2020.|