AURORA AUSTRALIS, THE GREAT OCEAN SKY
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.”