The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis have had their share of limelight. Those who have been fortunate to experience this phenomenon, speak about it in superlatives and why not, it is not every day that you see the skies painted in distinct colours – red, violet, orange, blue and yellow.
But, most of us do not know that Northern lights have a counterpart down there in the far south called as the ‘Southern Lights’ or ‘Aurora Australis’. Although the lights exist all year around, favourable viewing conditions are needed to watch them in full glory.
Best time to watch Southern Lights?
The ideal period to catch the Southern Lights is from March to September. These are winter months in the Southern Hemisphere when the polar region is sealed in darkness creating optimal visibility.
Places where you can catch this attractive phenomenon are – Stewart Island, South Georgia Island, Antarctica, Ushuaia, Argentina, The Falkland Islands etc.
[Watch] – Southern Lights dancing over Lake Hawea.
Check the enclosed video shot by Paul Stewart while he was camping on the shore of Lake Hawea, New Zealand. A star-studded sky decorated with Aurora Australis (Southern lights) is a sight for sore eyes!