Aurora lights up New Zealand skies
A spectacular green and pink Aurora Australis has danced across the night sky of New Zealand.
Images of the breath taking display were captured from Tekapo on Saturday night by Maki Yanagimachi, a photographer at Earth and Sky, the education centre linked to Mt John University Observatory.
"It's always a blast getting to shoot the southern lights regardless of how intense they may be. Nights like these make me feel very thankful that my grandfather got me into photography when I was ten years old," she said.
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The aurora flared up in two stages on Saturday night, around 8.30pm and 11pm.
"I've been taking photos of the aurora for a long time now but I still get excited when I see the glow in the southern sky," Yanagimachi said.
The aurora took place within the Aoraki-Mackenzie Dark-Sky Reserve, recognised as one of the best stargazing spots in the world. It was also visible from other parts of the country, will reports of it being seen in Otago and the Wellington region.
Auroras are caused when solar flares send charged particles towards Earth which collide with the upper atmosphere.