Aurora Australis and Magellanic Clouds

November 14, 2012

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Photographer: Andrew Cool; Andrew's Web site
Summary Author: Andrew Cool

The photo above shows a fisheye view of the aurora australis (southern lights) and Magellanic Clouds as viewed from just north of Adelaide, South Australia. Auroras are rarely observed this far north of the South Geomagnetic Pole. However, on this spring night, the Southern Cross or Crux (bottom) is immersed in a red aurora. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds are at lower left center. Note that the yellowish glow at right is from the city lights of Adelaide. Photo taken on October 14, 2012

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Lens: 8mm Peleng fisheye; Exposure Time: 60.000 s; ISO equiv: 3200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; White Balance: Manual; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB.