aurora

(Selected)
Auroras


Below is a checklist of (Selected) Aurora postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Included are what we judge to be the "best" representations of auroras (i.e. the most striking and beautiful depictions, often based on photographs) along with some that we find interesting because of their design or characteristics. Unlike most of our web pages, no attempt is made to be complete in this page.

Auroras have been observed from space, by both manned and un-manned spacecraft. Philatelic items that include auroras seen from space are found in the Space Weather page, where they are identified by green highlighting.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Auroras Auroras


Below is a list of Auroras on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
(Selected) philatelic items depicting or referring to auroras (following the criteria mentioned above). No attempt is made to be complete.
(Selected) Auroras
Aland (Finland)Unknown (Mi?)2019
Aland (Finland)Unknown fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Antigua and Barbuda3283c (Mi?)One of MS4 (3283 (a-d))2015
AustraliaUnknown1 (Mi?)From strip of 2, or from MS4 (a-d)2014"southern lights"
AustraliaUnknown2 (Mi?)
AustraliaUnknown3 (Mi?)From strip of 2, or from MS4 (a-d)
AustraliaUnknown4 (Mi?)
AustraliaUnknown1 maxiMaxicard
AustraliaUnknown2 maxiMaxicard
AustraliaUnknown3 maxiMaxicard
AustraliaUnknown4 maxiMaxicard
AustraliaUnknown1-4 packFour stamps and MS4 in stamp pack
AustraliaUnknown1-4 fdc1Four stamps and (Hobart) cancel and cachet on FDC
AustraliaUnknown1-4 fdc2Four stamps and (Hobart) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
AustraliaUnknown1-4 fdc3Four stamps and cachet on FDC (Rosebud cancel)
AustraliaUnknown3-4 fdcTwo stamps and (Hobart) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
AustraliaUnknown1-4 bl4 fdc3Block of 4 stamps from MS4 and cachet on FDC (Rosebud cancel)
AustraliaUnknown ms fdc1MS4 and (Hobart) cancel and cachet on FDC
AustraliaUnknown ms fdc2MS4 and (Hobart) cancel and cachet (different) on FDC
AustraliaUnknown1 sa (Mi?)Self-adhesive, from strip of 2
AustraliaUnknown2 sa (Mi?)
AustraliaUnknown1-2 bkSelf-adhesive, booklet pane of 10 in booklet
AustraliaUnknown1-2 fdc1Self-adhesive, four stamps and cachet on FDC
AustraliaUnknown1-2 fdc2Self-adhesive, booklet pane of 10 stamps and cachet on FDC
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL8 (Mi8)1966Aurora and auroral observation camera
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL81 (Mi88)1991"Aurora Australis"
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL81 fdcStamp on FDC
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL81-L82 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL81-L82 folderFolder
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL119a (Mi149)One of block of 4 (L119 (a-d))2002
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL119a maxiMaxicard
Australian Antarctic TerritoryKM1081$5. (silver coin)2009"Aurora Australis", also IPY logo
British Antarctic Territory11 (Mi?)1963
British Antarctic Territory35 (Mi?)11 surcharged new (decimal) currency1971
British Antarctic Territory39 (Mi?)1971
British Antarctic Territory40 (Mi?)
British Antarctic Territory41 (Mi?)
British Antarctic Territory42 (Mi?)
British Antarctic Territory39-42 fdcFour stamps on FDC
British Antarctic Territory145 (Mi148)1988"Aurora over South Ice"
British Antarctic Territory237 (Mi247)1996Also "SCAR XXIV 1996"
British Antarctic Territory235-238 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
British Antarctic Territory235-238 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
British Antarctic Territory284 (Mi297)1999"The electric field associated with the aurora" (measured with an ionospheric antenna array)
British Antarctic Territory400a (Mi479)One of strip of 5 (400 (a-e)), or four of MS20 (400f (4x (400 (a-e)) + 5 labels)2008
British Antarctic Territory400b (Mi480)
British Antarctic Territory400c (Mi481)
British Antarctic Territory400d (Mi482)
British Antarctic Territory400e (Mi483)
British Antarctic Territory465 (Mi?)2013Aurora above "Halley VI Research Station"
Canada322 (Mi?)1953
CanadaNoneCancel1957Aurora ON (post office)
CanadaNone(Aurora report) envelope1957Envelope addressed to Auroral Centre, IGY, National Research Council, Ottawa
Canada454 (Mi?)From MS50 (50x 454)1967
Canada454 misperfMis-perforation error
Canada454aBooklet pane of 5
Canada454fPrinted on gummed side
Canada454xx454 pre-cancel
Canada454bBooklet pane of 5, also BK59 cover1968
Canada454cBooklet pane of 10, also BK56 cover and back
Canada454dPerforated 10 x 10
CanadaNone(Aurora report) envelope1968Envelope addressed to Auroral Centre, National Research Council, Ottawa
Canada454ePerforated 12.5 x 121971
Canada454p_WCBWCB (Winnipeg Centre Bar) phosphor tag
Canada454p_W2BW2B (Winnipeg Two Bar) phosphor tag1972
CanadaNoneCancel on cover1975Aurora ON (post office)
Canada742 (Mi?)1977Aurora in the form of angels
Canada742 fdcStamp(s) on FDC
Canada1953a (Mi?)One of booklet of 5 (1953 (a-e))2002"Northern Lights, NT - Aurores boréales, T.N.-O." (same design as Canada envelope 2006)
CanadaNonePrinted stamp on postal card, also back2002"Northern Lights, NT - Aurores boréales, T.N.-O."
CanadaNonePrinted stamp on letter-size stamped envelope2006Aurora Borealis over Northwest Territory (same design as Canada 1953a)
CanadaNonePrinted stamp (same) on legal-size stamped envelope, also back
CanadaKM-unknown1$2. (bi-metal coin) reverse, also obverse2017
CanadaKM-unknown2$2. glow-in-the-dark (bi-metal coin) reverse, also obverse
CanadaKM-unknown2$10. (silver coin) reverse, also obverse
CanadaBK672 (Mi?)Booklet front, also back, with booklet pane of 82017
Canada3006 fdcCachet on FDC, also back
CanadaNonePersonalized postage stamp2017
CanadaNonePostcard back, and front with personalized postage stamp2017"northern lights" (on postcard front)
CanadaUnknown iOne stamp and in (upper-left) margin of MS9 (a-i)2018
CanadaUnknown saSelf-adhesive from booklet of 6, also back
CanadaUnknownFrom MS2 (a-b)2018Also "northern lights" (in booklet back), and "northern lights (aurora borealis)" (in FDC back)
CanadaUnknown saSelf-adhesive from booklet pane of 10 (5x (a-b)) with booklet cover and back
CanadaUnknown fdcMS2 FDC, also back
CanadaKM-unknown1$5. (silver coin) reverse, also obverse2018
CanadaKM-unknown1 folderFolder, also back
CanadaKM-unknown2$5. (silver coin) reverse, also obverse
CanadaKM-unknown2 folderFolder, also back
Central African RepublicMi4156-4159_ms4In background of MS4 (Mi4156-4159)2013Also "Aurora australis" (in SS1 text)
Central African RepublicBL1045In background of SS1
Central African RepublicBL1045 fdcSS1 on FDC
China (People's Republic)NonePrinted stamp on stamped envelope1989
China (People's Republic)NonePostcard back, also front1995
China (People's Republic)3216 (Mi?)From MS17 (3216a (17x 3216))2002
China (People's Republic)3216 maxiMaxicard
China (People's Republic)3215-3217 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Comoro Islands937c (Mi?)One of MS3 (937 (a-c))1999
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12004
Curacao236 (BL20)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2015
Denmark522 (Mi545)CDT1973Nordic postal cooperation issue
Denmark523 (Mi546)
DjiboutiUnknown ss (BL?)SS12018
Finland374 (Mi523)1960Also International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
Finland373-374 fdcOne of two samps and cachet on FDC
Finland527 (Mi724)CDT1973Nordic postal cooperation issue
Finland528 (Mi725)
Finland593 (Mi805)1977
Finland1024 (Mi1366)1996
Finland1280 (BL42)MS2 (1280 (a-b)) (Mi1835-1836)2007Also Fourth International Polar Year (IPY)
Finland1280 fdcMS2 on FDC
Finland1341a (Mi1995)From vertical strip of 3 (1341 (a-c))2009
Finland1341b (Mi1994)
Finland1341c (Mi1993)
Finland1365c (Mi?)From MS4 (1365 (a-e))2010See also Japan 3269
Finland1365e (Mi?)
France611 (Mi839)1949
FranceNoneStamp-on-stamp in (lower-right) margin of SS1 cinderella2010Aurora and research rocket for auroral studies (reproduction of Russia 5060)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories8 (Mi10)1957Also International Geophysical Year (IGY)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories9 (Mi11)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories10 (Mi12)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories29 (Mi38)
i29

Imperforate
1967Aurora and research rocket for auroral studies
French Southern and Antarctic Territories29 fdc1Stamp on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic Territories29 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40 (Mi97)One stamp in strip of 2 (C40a (C39-C40 + label)) (Mi96-97) from MS10 (C40b (5x (C39-C40 + label)))1975Aurora (on stamp); "magnetospheric research - Franco-Soviet program ARAKS" (in French text on label). The ARAKS (ARtificial Aurora between Kerguelen and Sogra) experiment was dedicated to auroral studies; (see also Russia 4012 cover from 1975)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40 dsDeluxe sheet (C40)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40 proofSigned proof (C40)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a fdc1One stamp in strip of 2 on FDC (embossed cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a fdc2One stamp in strip of 2 and (Lollini) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a fdc3One stamp in strip of 2 and (PJ) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a fdc4One stamp in strip of 2 on FDC ('FDC'/Éditions J.F. Courbevoie cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a fdc5One stamp in strip of 2 and (Lollini) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC40a dsDelxue sheet (C40a)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75 (Mi179)One of strip of 3 (C75a (C73-C75)) (Mi177-179)1983Also 50th anniv. Second International Polar Year (IPY)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75 dsDeluxe sheet (C75)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75a fdcOne of strip of 3 on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC80 (Mi190)
iC80

Imperforate
1984"Aurore polaire" (in stamp); "Aurore boréale" (in fdc cachet)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC80 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC80 fdc2Stamp on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC149 (Mi386)1998
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC149 fdcStamp and cachet (reproduction of stamp) on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC149 cover (Mi386 cover)Stamp on cover1998
French Southern and Antarctic Territories482g (Mi819)One of MS4 (482e-h ms (e-h)) (Mi817-820), or one of booklet (482 (a-p)) (Mi813-828)2013
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNoneCachet on cover2016
Germany (East)NoneCachet (reproduction of Russia 1767) on cover1962
GermanyNone(Multi-color) cachet on cover2011Aurora, also Fridtjof Nansen and his ship Fram
GermanyB1012 (Mi2709)2009
GermanyB1010-1013 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
GreenlandNoneUn-adopted essay1938
Greenland48 (Mi47)1963
Greenland49 (Mi48)
Greenland50 (Mi49)
Greenland51 (Mi50)
Greenland52 (Mi51)
Greenland48-52 fdcFive stamps on FDC
Greenland101 fdc (Mi? fdc)(?) cachet on FDC1975
Greenland111 (Mi?)1979
Greenland275 (Mi?)1994
Greenland275 fdcCachet on postal card FDC, also back
Greenland276 (Mi?)
Greenland276 fdcCachet on postal card FDC, also back
Greenland275-276 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Greenland302 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Populaer Filateli) cachet on FDC1995
Greenland387 (Mi?)Stamp-on-stamp: un-adopted essay from 19382001
Greenland387 maxiMaxicard
Greenland389a (BL22)On one of MS3 (387-389)
Greenland387-389 fdcOne of three stamps and cachet on FDC
Greenland387-389 folderFolder, also inside containing 389a
Greenland428 (Mi?)One of MS2 (428a (427-428))2004In Inuit mythology, the aurora are a manifestation of the spirits of the Dead in the Heavens playing a game that uses a walrus head or skull as a ball
Greenland620 (Mi613)Stamps from MS8 (620a (8x 620 + label))2012
Greenland621a label (Mi614 label)Label from MS8 (621a (8x 621 + label))
Greenland622 (Mi615)From booklet pane of 6 (3x (622-623)), or from booklet pane of 6 (3x (622-623)) (different), or from booklet pane of 12 (6x (622-623)) with cover
Greenland620-621 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Greenland671b (Mi?)One of MS2 (671 (a-b))2014
GreenlandUnknownATM stamp2014
GreenlandUnknown1ATM stamp2017
GreenlandUnknown1 maxiATM stamp maxicard
GreenlandUnknown2ATM stamp
GreenlandUnknown3From MS9 (9x unknown3)
GreenlandUnknown4Self-adhesive, from each booklet pane of 6 from booklet of 12 with front and back
GreenlandUnknown (Mi?)From MS10 (10x unknown)2018
GreenlandUnknown fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Grenada Carriacou2920 (Mi5023-5027)MS5 (2920 (a-f))2015
Grenada Carriacou2921 (BL709)SS1
Hungary1214 (Mi1573)1959Also International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Hungary1665 (Mi2107A)
i1665 (Mi2107B)

Imperforate
1965Also International Quiet Sun Year (IQSY)
Hungary1660+1662-1665 fdc
i1660+i1662-i1665 fdc
One of five stamps and cachet on FDC
One of five imperforate stamps and cachet on FDC
IcelandC17 (Mi177?)Perforated 14 x 141934Earliest known issued stamps that feature the aurora
IcelandC17a (Mi?)Perforated 12-1/2 x 14
IcelandC18 (Mi178)
Iceland454 (Mi478)CDT1973Nordic postal cooperation issue
Iceland455 (Mi479)
Iceland1313 (Mi?)MS4 (1313 (a-d))2013
Iceland1313 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Iceland1229 (Mi?)2011
Iceland1275 (Mi?)From booklet pane of 10 (1277a (10x 1277)), also booklet cover2012
IcelandUnknown (Mi?)From MS10 (10x unknown)2017
IcelandUnknown fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Italy1194 (Mi1496)1975Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn2 (detail from the ceiling fresco Aurora by Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) which is found in the Casino dell'Aurora, Palazzo Pallavicini, Rome)
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS12013
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12016
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)MS2 (a-b)2018
Ivory CoastUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
Japan857 (Mi?)1965
Japan1061 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Multi-color) cachet on FDC1971
JapanNoneCancel on cover1972Aurora and research rocket for auroral studies
Japan1554 (Mi?)1983
Japan1554 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
Japan2978a-d (Mi4145-4148)Block of 4 of MS10 (2978 (a-j)) (Mi4145-4154)2007
Japan3125 (Mi4942-4945)MS4 (3125 (a-d))2009
Japan3269c (Mi?)From MS4 (3269 (a-e))2010See also Finland 1365
Japan3269e (Mi?)
Kiribati958 (Mi?)2009Also Ernest Shackleton
Korea (South)Unknown (Mi?)From rectangular MS10 (a-j) or from round MS10 (a-j)2017
Korea (South)Unknown maxiMaxicard
Latvia371 (Mi755-756)MS2 (371 (a-b))2009
Latvia371 fdcMS2 and cachet on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left and right) margins of MS3 (a-c)2013
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left and right) margins of MS3 (a-c) (different)2013
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left and upper-right) margins of MS3 (a-c) (different)2013
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c) (different)2013
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left) margin of MS3 (a-c) (different)2013
Micronesia920d (Mi2211)One of MS4 (920 (a-d)) (Mi2207-2209)2011"Aurora Australis at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station"
Mongolia373 (Mi379)1965Also International Quiet Sun Year (IQSY)
Mongolia371+373-374+C6 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
Mongolia371+373-374+C6 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (no cancel)
Montserrat1201 (BL123)SS12008Aurora (and Explorer-1)
Montserrat1201 fdcSS1 on FDC
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS12017
Nevis1821 (Mi2938-2946)MS9 (1821 (a-i))2014
Nevis1822 (BL352)SS1
New Zealand406 (Mi478)1962
New Zealand2703 (Mi3428I)2017"Southern Lights"
New Zealand2704 (Mi3429I)
New Zealand2705 (Mi3430I)
New Zealand2706 (Mi3431I)
New Zealand2707 (Mi3432I)
New Zealand2708 (Mi3433I)
New Zealand2709 (BL385)MS6 (2709 (a-f))
Niger843B (Mi1143A)
i843B (Mi1143B)

Imperforate
1991Aurora and Japanese satellite EXOS-D (whose mission was the "observation of the Aurora Borealis")
Niger843Bc (BL78A)
i843Bc (BL78B)
On stamp of SS1 (843B)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i843B)
Niger843A-843B+843F_ms3
i843A-i843B+i843F_ms3
On one of MS3 (843A-843B+843F)
On one of imperforate MS3 (i843A-i843B+i843F)
NigerUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2018"Aurora australis"
NigerUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower) margin of SS1
NorwayB19 (Mi?)1941
NorwayNoneBlock of 4 of two each of two different Christmas seals1955
Norway397-398 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC1961Also Fridtjof Nansen
NorwayNone(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1971Tromso Auroral Observatory
Norway596 (Mi649)1972Also Amundsen's ship Maud
Norway598 (Mi651)Also Amundsen's ship Gjoa
Norway617 (Mi662)CDT1973Nordic postal cooperation issue
Norway618 (Mi663)
Norway981 (Mi1047)1990
Norway990 (Mi1063)1991Aurora and research rocket for auroral studies
Norway989-990 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Norway1318 (Mi1413)2001
Norway1319 (Mi1414)
Norway1318-1319 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Norway1500b (Mi1605)From MS2 (1500 (a-b)) (BL34)2007
Norway1500 fdcMS2 on FDC
Norway1500 folderMS2 in FDC folder
Norway1577 (Mi1683)2009
Poland2541 (Mi2832)From MS20 (2541a (20x 2541))1982Also 50th anniv. Second International Polar Year (IPY)
Poland4137a (Mi?)From strip of 4 (4137 (a-d)), or from MS12 (4137e (3x (a-d)))2014
Poland4137 fdcOne of strip of 4 and cancel on FDC
Portugal3655 (Mi3989)2014Geomagnetic studies at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Coimbra
RomaniaNoneStamped envelope1996
RomaniaNonePostal card1998
Russia (USSR)1767 (Mi?)1955
Russia (USSR)1767a (BL27)MS4 (4x 1767)
Russia (USSR)2089 (Mi2105)1958Aurora and S-180 auroral observation camera used during the International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Russia (USSR)2089-2091 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)2089 cover (Mi2105 cover)Stamp on cover1958Aurora and S-180 auroral observation camera used during the International Geophysical Year (IGY)
Russia (USSR)2495 (Mi2500)1961Research rocket for auroral and ionospheric studies
Russia (USSR)1767b (BL30)MS4 (1767a (4x 1767)) overprinted in red1962
Russia (USSR)1767b fdcMS4 on FDC
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on envelope1962
Russia (USSR)2779 (Mi2801)1963
Russia (USSR)2780 (Mi2802)
Russia (USSR)3164 (Mi3182)One of strip of 3 (3164a (3162-3164) (Mi3181-3183)1966
Russia (USSR)3854 (Mi3885)1971
Russia (USSR)3854 cover (Mi3885 cover)Extra stamp and cancel on stamped envelope1971
Russia (USSR)3991 (Mi4026)1972Also Roald Amundsen
Russia (USSR)None(Blue and red printed) cachet on (un-stamped) cover1973
Russia (USSR)4012 cover (Mi4045 cover)Cancel and cachet on cover1975Aurora and "ARAKS 1975" (in Cyrillic text in the cancel); The ARAKS (ARtificial Aurora between Kerguelen and Sogra) experiment was dedicated to auroral studies; (see also FSAT C40a)
Russia (USSR)4492 (Mi4533)1976
Russia (USSR)4492 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1981Also 50th anniv. Second International Polar Year (IPY), and other meteorological topics
Russia (USSR)None(Printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on stamped envelope1981 Also 100th anniv. First International Polar Year (IPY)
Russia (USSR)5060 (Mi5191)1982Aurora and research rocket for auroral studies
Russia (USSR)None(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope1983
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp on postal card1986
Russia (USSR)5675 (Mi5835)1988
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp and cancel on postal card1988
Russia (USSR)None(Printed) cachet on cover1989
Russia6577 (BL31)SS12000Also Meteor weather satellite, and 50th anniv. World Meteor. Organization (WMO)
Russia6577 fdc1SS1 on FDC
Russia6577 fdc2SS1 on FDC (different)
Russia7021a (Mi1400)One of MS3 (7021 (a-c)) (Mi1400-1402)2007
Russia7021a maxiMaxicard
Russia7021 fdcMS3 on FDC
RussiaUnknown (Mi?)2017
RussiaUnknown fdcStamp on FDC
Sierra Leone854 (Mi?)From MS10 (854a (10x 854))1987"Aurora Borealis"
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)SS12016
Sierra LeoneUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2016
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
South Africa1555j (Mi?)
1555j back
From MS10 (1555 (a-j)), also 1555 back"water, sound vibrations and bouncing laser lights allow participants to 'see' the Northern Lights in southern Africa"
SwedenNoneChristmas seal1935/36
Sweden857 (Mi680)One of strip of 5 (857b (853-857)) (Mi676-680), and from booklet pane of 10 (857c (2x (853-857)), or complete booklet (857a) (MH25)1970Launch of research rocket for auroral studies; also in booklet and fdc1 insert text: "North Magnetic Pole attracts showers of charged particles emanating from solar flares, which collide spectacularly with the Earth's atmosphere" (and in doing so, form the aurora). "Hither come both Swedish and European aerospace research teams to shoot their rocket probes into the flaming auroral skies".
Sweden853-857 fdc1One of five stamps on FDC, also insert
Sweden853-857 fdc2One of five stamps and cancel on FDC
Sweden1003 (Mi808)CDT1973Nordic postal cooperation issue
Sweden1004 (Mi809)
Sweden1514 (Mi1305)1984Aurora and Viking satellite (its mission was to study the charged particles that cause the Aurora Borealis)
Sweden1514 maxiStamp and cancel on maxicard
Sweden1515 (Mi1306)Aurora and launch of research rocket for auroral studies
Sweden1515 maxiMaxicard
Sweden1514-1515 fdc1Two stamps on FDC, also insert(As above for stamps)
Sweden1514-1515 fdc2Two stamps on FDC (different)
Sweden1892 (Mi1664)One of booklet pane of 3 (1893a (1891-1893)), with booklet cover, and booklet interior (1893b (2x 1893a)) (MH159, Mi1663-1665)1991
Sweden1893a fdcOne of booklet pane of 3 on FDC
Sweden1893a folder insideInside of folder (2x (1893a (1891-1893)))
Sweden1893a blackBlackprint
Sweden2396d (Mi2189)One of booklet pane of 6 (2396 (a-f)) (Mi2186-2191), also booklet cover2000
Sweden2396a-f fdcOne of six stamps and cancel on FDC (2396 (a-f))
SwedenUnknown strip (Mi?)Strip of 5, also yearly Collection Book front2016
TuvaluUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2017"Aurora Borealis"
Umm Al QiwainBL60In (upper-right) margin of SS11972
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1892Aurora IL (post office)
United StatesNoneCancel on cover~1920sAurora MN (post office)
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1928Aurora IL (post office)
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1931Aurora NE (post office)
United StatesNone(Rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1957
United StatesNoneCancel on cover1958Aurora MO (post office)
United States1128 fdc1 (Mi? fdc1)(Fluegel Covers) cachet on FDC1959
United States1128 fdc2 (Mi? fdc2)(The Aristocrats/Day Lowry) cachet on FDC
United StatesNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on cover1971"Aurora" in the context of space weather
United StatesUC65Cachet on (USPS) stamped envelope (aerogramme)1999
United StatesNoneCancel1999Aurora CO (post office)
United States2223a fdc (Mi? fdc)(Colorano silk) cachet on FDC2000
United States3802b fdc (Mi? fdc)(Collins) cachet on FDC2003
United States4123a1 (Mi4196)From MS2 (4123 (a-b)) (BL62)2007Also International Polar Year (IPY)
United States4123b1 (Mi4197)
United States4123b fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC"Aurora Australis" seen from space (in cachet) and from Antarctica (in stamp)
United States4123b fdc2Stamp and (Heritage) cachet on FDC
United States4123 fdcMS2 and (?) cachet on FDCAurora Borealis seen from space (in cachet at lower left); also Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis seen from the Earth's surface (in upper cachet and MS2)
United StatesSP1633(USPS) souvenir page (4123)(As above for stamps)
United StatesCP783(USPS) commemorative panel (4123)
United States42031 (Mi4315)
4203+back
From pair (4204a (4203-4204)), or from MS20 (4204b (10x (4203-4204))), also back2007In addition to the depictions on the stamps and in the (upper) margin, the text on the back of the stamps and on the back provides some information on auroras; also International Polar Year (IPY)
United States42041 (Mi4316)
4204+back
United States4203 fdcStamp and (Mission 57) cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamp); Auroral ring (region of maximum auroral activity) around the Arctic (in cachets on front and back of fdc)
United States4203 fdc2Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamp); "Aurora Borealis" (in cachet)
United States4203 fdc3Stamp and (PCS golden-replica) cachet on FDC, also insert(As above for stamp); "Aurora Borealis" (in cachet)
United States4204 fdcStamp and (Mission 57) cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamp); Auroral ring (region of maximum auroral activity) around the Antarctic (in cachet)
United States4204 fdc2Stamp and (PCS) cachet on FDC(As above for stamp); "Aurora Australis" (in cachet)
United States4204 fdc3Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamp); "Aurora Australis" (in cachet)
United States4204 fdc4Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC"Aurora Australis"
United States4203-4204 fdc1Two stamps and (TC) cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
United States4203-4204 fdc2Two stamps on FDC (Pugh cachet)
United StatesSP1665(USPS) souvenir page (4203-4204)
United StatesCP802(USPS) commemorative panel (4204a)
United States4204 cover (Mi4316 fdc)Stamp and cancel on (partial) cover2007"The Southern Lights" (in cancel)
United StatesNone 1(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2014
United StatesNone 2(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)
United StatesNone 3(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)
United StatesNone 4(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)"Northern Lights"
United States5298b (Mi?)From MS20 (5298 (a-t))2018

1Images for a large number of FDCs and other derivative items for these stamps can be found in the International Polar Year (IPY) page; only a selected few are included in this page.
2Galileo (1564 - 1642) observed the northern lights in the early 1600s. Sometimes they were tinged with pink, reminiscent of dawn, and in an essay published in 1616 he described them as questa boreale aurora ("this northern dawn") after Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn. The modern term aurora borealis comes from the French astronomer Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655), who introduced it in a publication in 1649. The terms aurora australis and aurora polaris came later.


Below is a list of Auroras on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Auroras
United States1965-10-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on OGO-2 launch coverto study "the mysterious causes of the northern lights"
Sweden1967-07-31Kiruna(Printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverRocket and aurora
United States1968-03-04Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on OGO-5 launch cover"Data on aurora"
United States1968-03-04Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on OGO-5 launch cover"Data on aurora"
Sweden1968-06-07Kiruna(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCentaure-2B meteorites mission; Esrange launch; reached 138 km
United States1969-06-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on OGO-6 launch cover"Data on aurora and polar [ice] cap events"
United States1973-03-30Chatanika AK(Red-brown and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"inst(rument) payload (for) auroral research"
United States1974-02-18Chatanika AK(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverAurora and the "Icecap Aurora Program"
Japan1978-08-20Uchinoura(JapanCover no.97) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"observation of Aurora and Galactic Ray(s)"
Sweden1980-11-16Kiruna(MBB) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover
United States1996-08-21Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Sarmiento) cachet on Explorer-70 (FAST) launch cover"Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer"
United States2007-02-17Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on Explorer-85/89 (THEMIS) launch cover back, also front"to observe auroral activity and the Earth's magnetosphere"
United States2007-02-17Cape Canaveral FL(B&D) cachet on Explorer-85/89 (THEMIS) launch cover"embarking on a revolutionary journey to study the iridescent Northern Lights"
French Guiana2011-02-16Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on ATV-2 launch coverReproduction of Russia 5060
Gabon2016-12-22Libreville(Lollini) cachet on JCSat-15 and StarOne-D1 launch cover


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