People all the way from Tasmania to Canberra, across Victoria, and all the way west reported witnessing the aurora australis in the early hours of Monday morning. This phenomenon was reportedly visible all the way to the west.
Near the sky over the Ballarat airport, there was something that appeared to be a rainbow, and the sky near Busselton, Western Australia, was shining a bright pink color.
A geomagnetic storm on the sun was responsible for causing the spectacular display, which was caused by particles that were launched hurtling towards Earth by the storm. These particles made contact with the atmosphere, which resulted in the atmosphere becoming illuminated. A massive eruption from the surface of the sun has the potential to bring the stunning phenomenon closer to the earth’s equator. Although auroras are spotted more frequently at the north and south poles, this might change if the solar has a powerful eruption.
An astronomer at the Australian National University named Dr. Brad Tucker stated that the more powerful the storm, the bigger the quantity of energy that is created, and the more vivid the aurora appears.
According to him, “you have some sort of eruption,” which he referred to as a “coronal mass ejection,” which is a process in which “the sun ejects its plasma stuff and it travels into space.”
“The plasma, which is electrically and electromagnetically charged, crashes into the Earth’s atmosphere, [and] it excites the gas in our own atmosphere, kind of like a neon sign.” You will see that the electronics start to glow after acquiring a gas and putting a charge to it. This should happen rather quickly.
The person who was speaking said, “That pretty much sums up the situation.”
The northern hemisphere witnessed a show of the aurora borealis as a result of the same eruption, which included a spectral pink haze over Stonehenge.
An alert on the potential appearance of the northern lights was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Monday morning.
“There is now a geomagnetic storm going on. If the conditions for viewing are just right, people at high latitudes may be able to catch glimpse of Northern Lights when it is still technically nighttime where they are. The Bureau of Meteorology recommends that anyone who are interested in observing the aurora find a site between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. that is totally dark, does not have any light pollution, and has a clear view to the south. This advice is given by the bureau.
It is possible to catch a glimpse of the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis) from Antarctica and southern Tasmania, particularly during times of low solar activity. If there is a particularly intense solar storm, there is a chance that it will be visible from Queensland.
Tucker believes that the auroras are the result of the 11-year solar cycle, which is currently in the peak time of its activity.
“So that’s why people are seeing it quite a lot this year, we’re in the solar maxima, and it’ll last for another year or two, so you can expect more of them to come to Australia,” said the meteorologist. “So that’s why people are seeing it quite a lot this year, we’re in the solar maximum.”
He hypothesized that advancements in technology and communication could be to blame for the increase in reported sightings of extraterrestrial beings.
“Our equipment from the previous maxima is a lot better and a lot more accessible,” added the executive. “Our equipment from the current maxima is a lot worse.”
“Everyone can see it for themselves if they only open their eyes. People are becoming aware of it through social media, and as a result, they are joining groups that are focused on the aurora. However, colors that are more vibrant are most certainly a contributing element as well.