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What hap­pens when par­ti­cles charged by the sun col­lide with atoms in the earth’s at­mos­phere? They en­er­gise elec­trons in the atoms that ul­ti­mately re­lease pho­tons. Or, put sim­ply, they cre­ate a light show of var­i­ous colours and com­plex­ity in the sky we know as au­ro­ras. Peo­ple liv­ing closer to the poles get to see au­ro­ras more than oth­ers, but oc­ca­sion­ally the phe­nom­e­non is vis­i­ble in in­land Aus­tralia. A sig­nif­i­cant South­ern Aurora, Aurora Aus­tralis, oc­curred on April 20 and photograph­er Lyn Mcken­zie of Stawell cap­tured its mag­nif­i­cence un­fold­ing west of the Wim­mera cen­tre. “It was nearly the big­gest one I have seen here. The arc was clearly vis­i­ble to the naked eye,” she said.

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