Aurora Australis Time Lapse Captured By Amateur Astronomer Alex Cherney (VIDEO)

Posted by Trish Riley, February 9, 2012

“We are but a speck…”

After two years of trying to track it down, amateur astronomer Alex Cherney has captured the unadulterated color and beauty of Aurora Australis, also know as the Southern Lights.

Red Aurora Australis from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

On his Vimeo page, Cherney explains that the red color captured in this time lapse "is caused by the charged particles from the sun exciting oxygen atoms high in the Earth’s atmosphere."

The incredible scene was captured from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne.

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