What is the Aurora Australis?

The Aurora Australis (also known as the Southern Lights) is a natural light display in the sky created when charged particles from disturbances on the Sun interact with the Earth’s magnetosphere. By extension, the aurora over the Arctic is called the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

The Ice Team have not seen a great deal of the Aurora Australis so far, which is why we have had to borrow this wonderful pic from the internet. This is partly because the aurora is best observed further south than the guys are camped, and also when conditions are more settled, unlike what the team have been experiencing in recent weeks. If we get some good pics, we will be sure to share them with you!

Aurora - by Alex Kumar

Photo by Alex Kumar