Aurora Australis

Aurora Australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands - The natural light display caused a flurry of excitement, captured on social media 18/03/2015. As explained by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the phenomena is caused when electrically charged electrons and protons accelerate down the Earth's magnetic field lines and collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere — usually about 100 kms above the Earth.
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Ian Griffin on

After a bright and colourful week of scientific fusion, we share some of our favourite snaps from the recent aurora storms.

The bioluminescence been occurring for about three days (reported 21 May 2015) in the Derwent River, near Hobart. Meanwhile, the aurora has put in a longer season, first appearing more than six months ago. Photo: Wayne Painter

The bioluminescence been occurring for about three days (reported 21 May in the Derwent River, near Hobart. Meanwhile, the aurora has put in a longer season, first appearing more than six months ago.

On their own, the neon-blue patches lighting up the night waters of the River Derwent in Tasmania would usually be a show stopper. But mother nature has put on a rare double, with a light show taking place in the water complemented by the Aurora Australis which has splashed light and colour across Hobart's skies.  "It's pretty impressive," said amateur photographer Wayne Painter.

On their own, the neon-blue patches lighting up the night waters of the River Derwent in Tasmania would usually be a show stopper.

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Con Stoitsis on

David Finlay captured this image of Aurora Australis from Goulburn NSW Australia.

The spectacular bioluminous outbreak in Tasmania is bringing light and colour to Hobart’s night skies. Photo: Wayne Painter

The spectacular bioluminous outbreak in Tasmania is bringing light and colour to Hobart’s night skies.

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Jacqui on

A severe solar storm blasted Earth with a larger-than-expected geomagnetic jolt on Tuesday night, bringing with it a spectacular display of the aurora.

While the crazy sparkly bioluminescence was happening in the water

While the crazy sparkly bioluminescence was happening in the water

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Danny Rood on

“Missed the best of it, but our good friend Aurora Australis made a return to Wgtn last night”

Aurora Australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aurora Australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aurora Australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aurora Australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


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