Did anybody else see the aurora last night? A rare sight in Victoria due to our southern latitude.
This photo of the aurora was taken last night at Phyllis Park here in Victoria by Nic, the Summer Coordinator. I saw the pic here: Friends of the DAO – Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Aurora Borealis, or “the Northern Lights” are caused when high-energy particles emitted from the sun travel through space and tangle themselves in the Earth’s magnetic field. The particles travel so fast, that when they hit the Earth’s atmosphere they give off brilliant light with colours that correspond to the various chemical compositions of our atmosphere.
Read more: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/aurora