Aurora Australis

Last Thursday night, solar activity caused one of the largest Southern Hemisphere Aurora events in many years. Beams were visible to the naked eye, though lacking the colour of that picked up by camera sensors. I spent a few hours in my back paddock watching and photographing the natural light show.

20.0 sec; f/3.5; ISO 1600; 12mm
20.0 sec; f/3.5; ISO 1600; 12mm
20.0 sec; f/3.5; ISO 1600; 12mm
480.0 sec; f/3.5; ISO 400; 12mm

I should really have jumped in the car and sought a better vantage point, as I live in a valley and can only see the upper part of the southern sky, but it was still a magic and enjoyable evening.

19 thoughts on “Aurora Australis

    1. Thanks Louella, you are further north than we are south so would have a better view. The weather (clouds) here have not been ideal this spring here, but everything aligned nicely on that evening for a stunning show 😀

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    1. Thanks, to the naked eye, there is very little colour. The “beams” look like someone is shining a torch into the sky, it is quite dim compared to what the camera can capture, but still pretty remarkable 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sanda, the camera sees much more than the eyes but it is still pretty special to see. It happens randomly depending on solar activity and other factors over the polar caps and is more visible the further south (or north) you are. There have been some spectacular photos taken from the International Space Station of similar events – a Google search should find them 😀

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    1. Thank you, I would think you could see the Northern lights from Wales. These ones were only just visible to the naked eye with no colour, just a lightening of the Southern sky and the occasional “beam”, which appeared as though someone was slowly waving a bright torch in the sky. Much more can be caught on a camera sensor than what can actually be seen. Cloudless, moonless, dark places are best to view them after your eyes adjust to the dark.

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