Aurora australis light up Australia

By AG Staff March 31, 2015
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Southern lights have been seen in unusually northern locations in Australia.

Aurora chasers have been delighted recently by the unusually strong light shows seen across Australia, from Perth to Uluru.

The southern lights are typically only seen in the very south of the country, mostly in Tasmania. But a particularly large solar storm around 17 March. 

Auroras occur when a stream of charged particles emitted from the Sun makes its way to Earth. During periods of high solar activity, sunspots form and produce coronal mass ejections (CMEs). These are like gusts of wind that can reach speeds of a few thousand kilometres per second and contain a massive amount of energy. These CMEs interact with atoms in Earth’s magnetic field to cause auroras.

Different atoms create different colours, the most common being red and green for oxygen, and green and blue for nitrogen.

You can sign up for alerts about auroras from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Related: Your complete guide to the aurora australis

Milky Way + Aurora Australis + Ormiston Gorge = so much wow! Extremely rare pic @Matjoez #AliceSprings #NTaustralia⭐️

— Northern Territory (@AusOutbackNT) March 20, 2015

10 best places to photograph the night sky in #Tassie via @traveltherenex #auroraaustralis

— Discover Tasmania (@tasmania) March 23, 2015

Rendering 300 frames takes a while doesn’t it! Meanwhile, here’s another still from last night. #Dunedin #aurora

— Ian Griffin (@iangriffin) March 17, 2015

If u went to bed last night, u missed this. 🙂 #AuroraAustralis from my backyard in #Kiama @EpicCosmos @TamithaSkov

— Photography by Rudi (@rudiphoto) March 17, 2015

David Finlay captured this image of aurora from Goulburn NSW Australia.

— Con Stoitsis (@vivstoitsis) March 17, 2015

Have you seen the aurora australis? #Tasmania is a great viewing spot. #CradleMountain. Photo: Jason L. Stephens

— Down Under Answers (@DownUnderAnswer) March 22, 2015