Extremely rare purple aurora australis over Tasmania

Extremely rare purple aurora australis appeared in the sky of Tasmania, Australia on February 10, 2016.

And suddenly the sky turned red.

These pictures were obtained via the Facebook Page Aurora Australis Tasmania.

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Nick Dobinson
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Fran Davis

Auroras are one of the most amazing Mother Nature’s light spectacle.

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Kelli Nalder – Redland Designs
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Cam Wylie

They even put New Year’s Eve fireworks shows to shame.

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Lachlan Manley

The Aurora Australis is a space weather phenomenon usually only visible from the southern reaches of planet Earth.

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Nick Dobinson

They appear thanks to mighty magnetic storms, when energetic particles, mostly energetic electrons, accelerate down magnetic field lines and impact the atmosphere.

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Gill Fry
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Ben Swanson

Air is mostly nitrogen and therefore the air molecules become energised. In order to lose that energy they give off light.

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Lynton Brown

This is exactly why th skies turned purple-red in this last event over Tasmania.

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