Herald Sun - - NEWS - HAR­RIET WOR­RALL-CARTER IN­STA­GRAM: @josh­beames

A VIC­TO­RIAN pho­tog­ra­pher has “ac­ci­den­tally” cap­tured an aurora over the Great Ocean Road.

War­rnam­bool lo­cal Josh Beames snapped the as­tro­nom­i­cal event from Teddy’s Look­out in Lorne on Sun­day.

“When I saw the im­age on my camera I was like, ‘No way’,” he said.

“I had just wanted to cap­ture the glow of cars along the Great Ocean Road, and maybe a few stars.”

An aurora — or “aurora australis” in the south­ern hemi­sphere — is the col­li­sion of a burst of par­ti­cles from the sun and the Earth’s mag­netic field.

Mr Beames, 29, ex­plained that the photo was taken over a 100-sec­ond time lapse, which al­lowed light trails from the road and the aurora to form in the fi­nal im­age.

“The social media re­sponse has been crazy,” he said af­ter the im­age was up­loaded to In­sta­gram on Mon­day.

“So many dif­fer­ent ac­counts have shared it.

“It has been seen by over 300,000 peo­ple.”

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