Solar flare creates 'perfect' opportunity to see bright Aurora Australis across South Island video

Steve Riddle

The Aurora, as seen from Coronet peak.

It has been eyes to the sky across much of the South Island on Sunday evening as the Aurora Australis put on a show.

Metservice meteorologist Nick Zacher said the weather had created perfect viewing conditions south of Christchurch, but other areas had also been able to see it across the evening.

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Te Anau resident Chris Watson captured this stunning panorama from the Ivon Wilson Park on the outskirts of the town.
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Te Anau resident Chris Watson captured this stunning panorama from the Ivon Wilson Park on the outskirts of the town.

"The skies are perfect for viewing in many places and it has been going strong. We have had a lot of reports from the public of good views from different parts of the lower South Island."

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The Aurora glows green in the sky behind Kingston.
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The Aurora glows green in the sky behind Kingston.

Auroras have long captivated humanity and are often linked to the supernatural because of its amazing beauty.

University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory superintendent Nigel Frost said a large solar flare coming from the sun had created storm-like conditions on the South Pole that were creating an elevated reaction in the upper atmosphere.

"Usually the Aurora levels are around 1 or 2 on the rating scale. At present they are hitting around 5 or 6 which gives an idea of how much stronger a reaction is going on at present," Frost said.

"That is why people are able to see such bright and strong activity, which should should remain high for most of the night."

The Aurora glows in the distance.
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The Aurora glows in the distance.

Zacher said anyone who wanted to know more about Auroras should go to spaceweather.com.

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Stars and the aurora.
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Stars and the aurora.

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The Aurora Australis dazzles at Lake Ellesmere.

Aurora Australis as viewed from Warrington, Dunedin.
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Aurora Australis as viewed from Warrington, Dunedin.

The aurora lights the skies around the Church of the Epiphany, Gebbies Pass.
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The aurora lights the skies around the Church of the Epiphany, Gebbies Pass.

The Aurora last at Banks Peninsula, Christchurch.
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The Aurora last at Banks Peninsula, Christchurch.

Ekant Veer took this photo of the Aurora Australis from Lake Ellesmere on Sunday night.
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Ekant Veer took this photo of the Aurora Australis from Lake Ellesmere on Sunday night.

The aurora captured in Motukarara.
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The aurora captured in Motukarara.

The aurora lights up the horizon.
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The aurora lights up the horizon.

The Milky Way joined the Aurora in lighting up the sky in Wanaka.
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The Milky Way joined the Aurora in lighting up the sky in Wanaka.

Moke Lake, near Queenstown, looked surreal.
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Moke Lake, near Queenstown, looked surreal.

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This Aurora Australis timelapse was taken from Lake Ellesmere.

Lake Ellesmere lit up on Sunday night.
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Lake Ellesmere lit up on Sunday night.

It wasn't just humans enjoying the show near Southbridge in Canterbury.
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It wasn't just humans enjoying the show near Southbridge in Canterbury.

The Aurora dazzled Ashley Harvey, who took this unedited photo out the back of Lincoln University.
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The Aurora dazzled Ashley Harvey, who took this unedited photo out the back of Lincoln University.

Strong beams could be seen from Birdlings Flat, in Canterbury.
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Strong beams could be seen from Birdlings Flat, in Canterbury.

The Aurora lights up Motueka.
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The Aurora lights up Motueka.

The Aurora from Christchurch's Port Hills on Sunday night.
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The Aurora from Christchurch's Port Hills on Sunday night.

The Aurora was visible to the naked eye from Gebbies Pass summit on Banks Peninsula, Christchurch.
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The Aurora was visible to the naked eye from Gebbies Pass summit on Banks Peninsula, Christchurch.

 - Stuff

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