An Unexpected Spectacle

AURORA AUSTRALIS

Wellington, 31 March 2001


Late on the 31st of March 2001 most parts of New Zealand were priviledged to witness a cosmic spectacle, usually seen only in areas much closer to the Antarctic Circle. To give visitors from the Northern Hemisphere an idea, the latitude of Wellington corresponds to that of Southern France in relation to the North Pole. Now imagine how likely it would be to observe an Aurora Borealis (Northern Polar Light) from, let's say, Montpellier.

The phenomenon was caused by the recent high activity of the sun.

If you are interested in aurora photography or astrophotography in general, you may want to visit Paul Moss. Paul has a good selection of images of his own and also links to more astro-related sites.


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