Story: Atmosphere

Aurora australis, Kingston

Aurora australis, Kingston

This view of an aurora seen at Kingston in Otago illustrates a phenomenon known as a corona, meaning crown. This occurs when energetic electrons make atoms glow along the earth’s magnetic field lines that are almost directly overhead – so the viewer is looking up along the field lines.

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Photograph by Stephen Voss

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Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, 'Atmosphere - Auroras', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6134/aurora-australis-kingston (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, published 12 Jun 2006