southern light

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Subject: southern light
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 09:40:37 +1030
Hi all
This is not bird related at all, but I nevertheless wanted to share it with you.
Yesterday coming home (Waikerie, SA) around 11 pm myself and my wife witnessed what can only be explained to be a rare occurrence of the southern light, or aurora australis. Part of the night sky was orange-reddish, curtain-drape shaped, and constantly changing in shape, color and density.
For the rest it was a crystal clear night, a bit windy and chilly.
Having seen the northern light once in the northern hemisphere, I knew what I was looking at. It lasted for around 10-15 minutes and I managed to take some photos but am not sure about the result. It was an amazing experience (and no I wasn't drunk or anything!)
I had a look around on the internet and it appears quite a rare phenomenenon - we're 1000s of kms away from the antarctic, for a start - I wonder if anyone else saw it?
Peter Waanders
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