Aurora Australis, Southern Lights?

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Aurora Australis, Southern Lights?

Post by admin » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:58 pm

So, as I understand it there will be a Northern Lights show that will start today, stretching possibly as far south as Iowa. that got me thinking about the southern lights, Aurora Australis.

Has anyone on the forum seen the Aurora Australis?

As Frutillar and Iowa, are pretty much in the same Latitudes around 41 degrees, I have pondered why we do not see them at least occasionally. I have actually never heard anyone even talk about it in Chile, at any latitude.

seems they are not equal, due to some strange magnetic things the earth does:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... ts-differ/

but they do seem to make it to the far south of the Patagonia:

https://www.cascada.travel/en/News/Southern-Lights

Here they are listing the Falkland islands and such
https://wanderwisdom.com/misc/The-Five- ... -Australis

We have talked about the eclipse, and how hard or easy that might be, but in my experience seeing the northern lights you pretty much have to own a Lear jet or live in the place to see them (way up north). As chasing natural phenomena goes for sport, that just strikes me as a lot more sporting than trying to catch an eclipse that has a 1000 year lead time to predict it's occurrence. Northern or southern lights, come with a little less time to find setup your camera.
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Re: Aurora Australis, Southern Lights?

Post by 41southchile » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:40 pm

I think 41 south is too far north most if the time, very very occassionally they make it this far north , we are at the same latitude as Wellington, I think I can only recall once they have been able to see them in Wellington. I think it was last year or the year before.
I saw them in New Zealand about 2 nights before we moved to Chile in 2012 first time ever, so that was a good farewell gift , but that was further south at about 45 South (around the latitude of Coyhaique ), you right I can't ever recall seeing them in the news here or people talking about them.
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Re: Aurora Australis, Southern Lights?

Post by 41southchile » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:55 pm

Searched it and yeah it was August last year , even in Taranaki which must be about the latitude of Temuco, does say is very rare and once in lifetime, but all sites say they should be clearly visible in southern Chile and Argentina too. Best times March to September and midwinter even better. Watch out for big solar flares and they normally happen a day or two after that I think , so theres a little bit of notice, but then there is also the chance nothing may happen too, might Investigate some more and head down to Punta Arenas if there are any this winter .
https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinatio ... t-taranaki
Looks like the Australian meteorological website has the best alerts and updates , tasmania can sometimes see them which is about the same latitude as los Lagos region I think
https://www.sws.bom.gov.au/Aurora
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