'Extremely rare' Aurora stuns stargazers

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 13:24 20/02/2014
Aurora by David Weir/Earth and Sky
David Weir/Earth and Sky

AURORA AUSTRALIS: The reds and pinks seen in this month's display are uncommon.

Aurora by David Weir/Earth and Sky
Aurora by David Weir/Earth and Sky

Relevant offers

Your Weather

Weather: Southerly to snap mild run Make the most of sun before rain sets in Supermoon rising over New Zealand Super moon flood fails to rise Fog blankets Christchurch, delays flights Extreme weather costs insurers $135m Spring weather settling in Capsized fisherman failed to wear life jacket Spring to be ruffled by strong winds Burst pipe delays Riccarton traffic

An "extremely rare" display of the Aurora Australis has delighted stargazers in the Mackenzie district overnight.

Kristian Wilson, of Earth and Sky, said the phenomenon provided a "unique and spectacular event" over the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve.

The aurora could be seen from the Lake Tekapo village, but the best views were found at Mt John University Observatory, where Earth and Sky astrophotographers David Weir and Maki Yanagimachi photographed "to their hearts content".

Aurora were normally scarce, but last night's display was "extremely rare" and the strongest seen over the last 12 months, Wilson said.

Stargazers delighted in seeing the vivid colours with their own eyes, including reds and pinks uncommonly seen in an aurora.

"The exhibition was best viewed just before moonrise last night and continued with a starlit backdrop including the Milky Way, as captured in the photograph," he said.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content