Parts of Australia and New Zealand have been treated to a stunning natural light display in recent days thanks to the aurora australis. Just as with its northern counterpart, the aurora borealis, the phenomenon occurs when the solar wind sufficiently interacts with the planet’s magnetosphere.
The aurora australis is fickle and unpredictable, and some photographers have spent years chasing its fleeting beauty. But in recent days little chasing has been necessary. Below, some of the many photos captured and shared by lucky snappers.
Aurora Australis. December 21 2015. Something that has been on my to do list for quite some time. The southern lights putting on a mesmerising display beneath the Milky Way. Photographed at 2:39am at Lake Leschenaultia in the Perth Hills. Definitely worth pulling an all-nighter on a school night for ;-) #aurora #auroraaustralis #southernlights #astro #astrophotography #space #earth #nature #amazing
Scariest image I've ever produced. I was out at chasing some (almost non-existent) aurora a few nights ago, where the was 100km/h winds. This cave was located at the bottom of a huge cliff face that I had to walk under to get to the cave. It was literally raining rocks, some of which were easily large enough to cause some pretty serious head damage. I stood up on the a rock for this picture, almost being blown over by the wind and getting mildly bombarded by rocks. Nevertheless, it was totally worth it. I think I might wear a helmet next time
I think we are all star people. Well, star and night time sky gazers! … Last night, at Mortimer Bay, I found myself under the #AuroraAustralis the #southernlights the colour was reflecting in the water and I just put myself in the picture, imagining I was there, up in the colour. …. Sigh, I really have to reign my imagination in a bit. 😂 Mortimer Bay, in Sandford on the South Arm Peninsula is a great aurora viewing location. It's only a 30 min car trip from the centre of #Hobart so, it's not a long way to go to see and catch a bit of sky magic. 🎇 #beams #mortimerbay #discovertasmania #seeaustralia #abcmyphoto #roamaustralia #olympuschristmasmemories
Lady Aurora came out & danced for us on such a lovely night. 📷: @knottinvisuals.ryan #aurora #auroraaustralis #southernlights #destinationwedding #destinationweddings #destinationweddingphotographer #singaporebrides #sgbrides #sgweddings #prewedding #travelogue #australia #tasmania #discovertasmania #couple #love #knottinvisualsinaustralia #kvtravels #knottedwithlove #knottinvisuals
@jakelapham called up last night alerting me of the potential for an Aurora Australis display not far south of Wollongong. I hopped on the opportunity immediately, and I'm glad I did! Despite average conditions, we managed to capture a beautiful display. 📷 Canon 60D w/ 16-35 lens // 10 second exposure at f/2.8, ISO 1250