Kōrero: Atmosphere

Aurora australis, Invercargill

Aurora australis, Invercargill

This photograph of the southern lights or aurora australis, most commonly seen in southern New Zealand, was taken in September 2002 from Invercargill. It shows a typical red and green aurora, the nearly vertical rays tracing the earth’s magnetic field lines. The Māori name for Stewart Island, at the south of the South Island, is Rakiura, which means ‘glowing skies’. This may allude to the aurora australis, or simply to the dramatic southern sunsets.

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Photograph by Stephen Voss

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

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/mi/photograph/6133/aurora-australis-invercargill (accessed 14 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006