The citizens of New Zealand experienced a spectacular show of Southern Lights or The Aurora Australis.
The breathtaking sights consisted of shades of Pinks, Yellows, and Greens set against the backdrop of the night sky. One can imagine how mesmerising it would have been as the pictures look nothing short of a dream.
Sightings were reported in Wellington, Christchurch, rural Canterbury and Central Otago.
— Lynsey (@lynzsutt) April 23, 2017
This is definitely not the first time that New Zealand witnessed the Southern Lights. Last month, a different Aurora Australis took place, and people of New Zealand, Tasmania and parts of south Australia got together for the show.
The Aurora Australis is the result of particles in solar winds colliding with atmospheric gases. The particles converge and become more visible close to the poles of the earth.
Its better-known cousin is the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which draws millions of tourists to Nordic countries each year.
Here are some of the pics:
BOOOOOM! What an amazing experience, beyond expectations. Last night I saw and captured the southern lights for the first time of my life. We hiked up the mountain for 2 hours and arrived just after sunset. Awaiting the show with a bottle of red wine with my two friends Jeroen & Sil. When the lights started to show we were just blown away by the beauty of it. After a while we decided to head back down, because it was getting really cold. But just when we walked our first steps down a big aurora explosion happened. We were all screaming how amazing it looks. Extremely nervous with shaking hands, I tried to get some good photos. I kept telling myself, don’t f*ck this up, haha! About the shot: This is a panorama that contains 15 still images that I shot vertically. Stitched together in Photoshop. Big thanks to Aurora Service – Australis for predicting the aurora forecast and helped me plan my shot and giving very helpfull tips. Also very interesting to read all the information they offer about aurora. Canon 5dmii Tokina 11-16F/2.8 ISO 3200 8 sec F/2.8
For better understanding of how this actually takes place check out this time-laps:
This is my last timelapse from the Aurora Australis. Lovely one, there is a big run between clouds and lights. It was a difficult beginning but in the right moment when the Southern Lights became stronger there was a gap in the sky in the right place. It is a short timelapse but worth to show. I made it 3 weeks ago in #brighton #otago #newzealand #oceania #southernlights #auroraaustralis #timelapse #video not* #nothernlights not* #auroraborealis #polarlights #nightscape #travelgram #visitnewzealand