Aurora Australis

Incredible Aurora Outburst From Recent X-Class Flare

by Nancy Atkinson February 27, 2014

Our Twitter feeds just exploded with pictures of an auroral outburst in the UK, Scandinavia, Iceland and even from the International Space Station! Thanks to the X4.9 class solar flare on on Feb. 25, the resulting CME hit Earth’s magnetic field today and triggered geomagnetic storms. Take a look at some of the images pouring […]

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Once in a Lifetime Image: Emperor Penguins Under the Aurora Australis

by Nancy Atkinson October 5, 2012

Emperor Penguins on the Antarctic Sea Ice Under the Aurora Australis. Credit and copyright: Stefan Christmann. Used by permission. Photographer Stefan Christmann called this incredible Antarctic view a once in a lifetime experience. “It was the most impressive experience to sit on the sea-ice and watch the Aurora Australis dance above the penguin colony with […]

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Shimmering Aurora Australis Timelapse

by Nancy Atkinson July 18, 2012

Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere have been enjoying some lovely auroral displays following the Sun’s recent activity. Here’s a new timelapse video of the night sky view on July 17, 2012, compiled by Maki Yanagimachi at Mt. John University Observatory in New Zealand. Enjoy the multi-colored aurora shimmering across the sky. Nancy Atkinson on […]

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Timelapse: Surprise Aurora Australis

by Nancy Atkinson June 19, 2012

Skywatchers in Australia were treated to unexpected beautiful views of the Aurora Australis. This timelapse is by Alex Cherney in Flinders Victroia, Australia who captured auroral views on June 19th 2012 at 00:09-02:38 AEST, in between clouds and rain. Lovely. Check out more images of the recent Aurora Australis at Ian Musgrave’s Astroblog. Nancy Atkinson […]

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Aurora Alert for September 26 and 27!

by Nancy Atkinson September 26, 2011

Skywatchers in northern Europe are already seeing some aurora activity as a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress, according to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center and The fuel for this storm was a coronal mass ejection over the weekend that has now reached Earth. This is great news for skywatchers, as both the […]

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