In this time-lapse movie, the southern lights turn the sky into a cozy inferno

Last month, photographer Alex Cherney photographed aurora australis igniting the Australian night. This breathtaking red aurora was caused by particles from January's solar storms exciting oxygen in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Explains Cherney of the shooting conditions:

After chasing it for more than two years I was finally rewarded with two displays of aurora australis (southern lights) within a week visible from Mornington Peninsula, not far from Melbourne. The nights were warm and clear and the Moon was not in the sky either — I could not have asked for better conditions.


Hey look, Dark Phoenix is delicately consuming our planet! You can see a full list of the constellations on display that evening here, and here's a quick video lesson from the University of Oslo on how auroras are formed. Hat tip to Jon!


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I wonder, is the Aurora Australis generally warm in colour? Because the Aurora Borealis usually seems to come in cooler hues.