Residents of southern Victoria and Tasmania have been treated to an impressive light show thanks to the Aurora Australis.
The phenomenon was once thought to be a harbinger of doom but is now a chance for keen photographers to capture some remarkable shots.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, we can look forward to more opportunities to view this stunning event.
‘We’re now emerging from a period of solar maximum that began in 2011, and historical data show that some of the best auroras have occurred in the declining phase of the solar maximum, which is more conducive to faster solar wind and intense geomagnetic activity,’ says Dr Murray Parkinson, a Duty Forecaster at the Australian Space Forecast Centre.
Tonight with @jayedevil and @flameoffirephotography I went in search of the recent bloom of #bioluminescence - what we found though was a spectacular #auroraaustralis glowing brightly in the skies above #Tasmania - and there in the pounding surf of Calverts Beach you can see the blue hues of the bio! And as a bonus the Milky Way was showing off too! Woohoo, caught the trifecta haha! Did you spot the two meteors as well? Gosh, so much happening out in the darkness tonight!
The Aurora Australis is caused by the sun’s magnetic energy that enters the Earth’s magnetic field through the poles.
The colourful lights can happen as high as 600 kilometres and are sometimes even spotted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station!