Northern Light Fact #4 – The Southern Lights
You know Aurora Borealis, but what about Aurora Australis?
Northern Lights are well known around the globe, but very few know that they have their southern counterpart. Around the southern magnetic pole the aurora occurs same way as in the north and actually they occur at the same time. It just happens to be so that, when it’s dark winter in the north, the southern hemisphere enjoys their bright summertime and you really can’t see the lights. In the south Aurora is called Southern Light, as you might expect.
This aurora has to be fairly active before it can be seen from places other than Antarctica. Places like Tasmania and the southern tip of New Zealand offer the best viewings. So this amazing phenomenon is not just restricted to the Northern Hemisphere of our planet and The Southern Lights (or the Aurora Australis) are as spectacular as the Northern Lights. However, since the appear at the South Pole of the planet, it is very tricky to see them as the South Pole is far more inhospitable than the North Pole.
During the northern summertime, you can’t see the Northern Lights (most of the time at least). For real hardcored Aurora fans out there you could consider going far south. When it’s summer and no Borealis here, it’s winter and full Australis-time there. Ready to book tickets to The Antarctica?
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This was the fourth part of our Northern Light Fact -series.
We keep publishing a new fact every monday until the end of 2017!