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Aurora illuminates southern skies

Ben Domensino, Friday September 29, 2017 - 12:31 AEST

The Aurora Australis was visible from southern Australia on Thursday night, even in the starry sky above Hobart.

The southern lights occur when particles emitted by the sun race towards earth and interact with gases in our atmosphere. The gases involved determine which colours are produced and last night's display involved a mix of hues.

The mesmerising nighttime lights could be seen in the sky above Hobart from the top of Mount Wellington and from beaches and bays along Tasmania's south coast.

The southern lights may be visible once again from parts of southern Australia on Friday night.

You can find more information about the aurora on the Bureau of Meteorology's Space Weather Service page, here: http://www.sws.bom.gov.au/Aurora

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