Video of Southern Lights - level 3

Video of Southern Lights - level 3

16-04-2015 15:00

This time-lapse footage shows the Southern Lights, the southern hemisphere’s version of the Northern Lights. As the starlit sky slowly turned, spectacular swathes of red, purple and blue light swept up into the night over Christchurch.

Aurora sightings were also reported in Australia, America and across Europe. They are caused by the collision of particles in the earth’s atmosphere with electrically charged particles released by the sun’s atmosphere. They are visible all year-round but are generally most vivid around the spring and autumn equinoxes.

Difficult words: time-lapse footage (video that runs over a long time), hemisphere (half of the earth), starlit (lit by stars), spectacular (amazing), swath (a large and thin area), collision (crash), particle (small bit of energy), vivid (colourful and clear), equinox (when night and day are equal length).


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