Tasmanians and Victorians have shared incredible images after a northern lights illuminated the night sky on Thursday.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an ‘aurora alarm’ around 7.30pm, telling people to keep an eye on the natural light show.
Watch footage of the incredible view in the video above
The agency’s space weather agency said a “geomagnetic storm” was underway with “good observational conditions at high latitudes”.
Without missing their chance to see the display, many residents ran out to try to get their own snaps.
BOM said it was seen across major stretches of southern Australia.
“That #AuroraAustralis is one of nature’s most spectacular visual phenomena, and last night it did not disappoint, ”the agency said on Twitter on Friday.
“It was discovered by eagle-eyed celestials as far north as Mallee in Victoria and Perth in western Australia.”
Photos posted to social media showed the stunning green and purple colors appearing like a “light snake”.
“It pumped! Great #auroraaustralis since 2017, ”Vince Taskunas, political adviser to Tasmania’s Prime Minister Peter Gutwein, wrote on Twitter.
Others described the lights as “dancing” and were “fascinated” by the free show.
“Clear skies, warm air, a little breeze … could not have asked for a more perfect night for the northern lights australis,” wrote Paul Fleming on Twitter.
Tasmanian photographer Brodie Emery took incredible photos from the top of Mount Wellington in Hobart.
“Clear and colorful skies over our island home. The world is a beautiful place,” he said.
The mysterious light shows occur at the high north and high south latitudes when massive solar eruptions blow particles out into space and solar winds bring them toward Earth.
The particles then collide with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere, creating what are described as rays, arcs that pulsate and dance in the colors red, green or sometimes purple.
Incredibly, it was even seen as far away as Western Australia.
The Perth Observatory posted a picture showing “The Great Magellanic Cloud from our Perth-Lowell Telescope Dome”.
It was an unfortunate night for many Victorians, who, however, hoped to catch a glimpse, with spotty clouds adding “a challenge” for the residents.
– with CNN