September 11th: Queenstown, New Zealand, Minoru Yoneto took the Outstanding picture of Aurora Southern Lights


Taken by Minoru Yoneto on September 11, 2015 @ Queenstown, New Zealand

“A big stream of solar wind gave us four lovely colors of Southern Lights,” he says.

One reason for the recent spate of auroras is the coming change of seasons. For reasons that are not fully understood, auroras love equinoxes. At this time of year even gentle gusts of solar wind can spark a nice display of Northern or Southern Lights

A gust is on the way. NOAA forecasters expect a stream of high-speed solar wind to reach Earth on Sept. 14th-15th, sparking renewed displays of high-latitude auroras. Monitor the realtime photo gallery for updates. Aurora alerts: text or voice

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