Aurora snapped in Tapawera


Although Aurora Australis is usually only visible to the far south of New Zealand  those in the right place at the right time could catch a glimpse of it from as high as the central north island.

Nelson Scientist, Julie Blommaert,  managed to find a clear patch of sky near Tapawera and got this shot of the natural light show.

Aurora Australis, or The Southern Lights, is an electrical phenomenon caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with atoms in the upper atmosphere causing a streaming light effect.