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Aurora Australis

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A natural phenomenon captured the attention of night owls and early birds across southern Australia on the weekend.

Aurora Australis, also known as the southern lights, is a natural display of vivid colours in the sky caused by geomagnetic storms.

Clockwise from top left: Aurora – Minlaton, Nikki May; Yorketown, Lachlan Hennekam;
Moonta Mines, Randy Reid; Port Hughes, Jo Bailey.

It is often only visible in Tasmania or southern Victoria, but was this time seen in other states after sunset and before sunrise.

The storm activity across the planet was at an extreme level not experienced since 2003.

Clockwise from top left: Aurora – Stansbury, Shanina Anderson; Sandilands, Peter Klopp; Kadina, Jessica Bowden; Marion Bay, Ruth Nowlan.

Yorke Peninsula Country Times 14 May 2024

This article appeared in Yorke Peninsula Country Times, 14 May 2024.

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