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Far southern Australia put on Aurora Watch

Ben Domensino, Tuesday June 15, 2021 - 16:07 EST

If you live in Tasmania or southern Victoria, you might see the Aurora Australis during the next two nights.

A stream of charged particles emitted from our Sun's 'coronal holes' could interact with our planet's atmosphere during the next couple of nights.

This interaction may cause the aurora australis – also known as the southern lights – to become visible from far southern Australia on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Image: The Aurora Australis on display at South Arm, Tasmania back in November 2020. Source: @timfromtasmania / Instagram

The Bureau of Meteorology's Space Weather Service (yes, the space weather is a thing!) issued an Aurora Watch on Tuesday. Aurora Watches are issued when solar activity has occurred that is sufficient to cause an aurora to become visible within the next 48 hours.

The Aurora Watch states that "Aurora may be visible from Tasmania and Coastline of Victoria the local night of 15 and 16 June."

An Aurora Watch is a heads up that Aurora-producing space weather could be on its way.

The Space Weather Service will continue to monitor the situation and will issue an Aurora Alert once space weather that's favourable for viewing an aurora is in progress.

Check this page tonight and tomorrow night to check if an Aurora Alert has been issued for Australia.

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