Aurora Australis Lights Up The Sky

The spectacular display lit up Victoria and Tasmania

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.

 

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!

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