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Stunning Aurora Australis Seen in South Australia

April 22, 2024 9:54 am in by
Simon Deluca-Cardillo captured a shooting star in one of his Aurora Australis photos in Kuitpo Forrest on Saturday 20 April 24. Photo: Simon Deluca-Cardillo, supplied

The southern lights were visible to South Australian stargazers on the weekend.

The Aurora Australis revealed itself across our skies in the early hours of Saturday 20 April, with some beautiful imagery captured in the Kuitpo Forest by Adelaide photographer Simon Deluca-Cardillo.

It was a rare sighting for the region, as auroras are more commonly observed in Southern Victoria and Tasmania.

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The phenomenon happens when solar flare particles collide with atoms in the atmosphere as they interact with Earth’s magnetic field.

Simon Deluca-Cardillo, said he went out thinking he would not have a huge chance of seeing the lights, as it was an 82% moon.

“I am glad I did,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

“It started off slowly once the moon disappeared below the horizon at 3am then about 4:30 am it went off with a bang ! I could clearly see the Aurora with colour too. I am glad I caught the shooting star in one of my frames.”

The phenomenon is set to become stronger and more frequent in SA ahead of the solar maximum in July 2025.

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Aurora Australis from Kuitpo Forrest on Saturday 20 April 24. Photo: Simon Deluca-Cardillo.
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