Mon, 16 Jul 2012
Aurora Australis, by the Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo - Video
A solar flare released on Friday brought with it some amazing views for astronomers in the South Island.
The geomagnetic storm caused by the X-class flare, the strongest our sun expels, is seen colliding with the magnetic fields at the poles, causing what we call an aurora.
This footage, shot from Tekapo lakeside and facing the Church of the Good Shepherd, shows a bright green-yellow glow over the horizon, with the occasional sweep of red across the horizon.
The sun is currently in one of its most active phases of its 11-year cycle, with activity expected to peak next year.
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