Mandurah photographer captures rare Aurora Australis


Sara Nesteriak captured the unpredictable Aurora Australis on Tuesday night
Mandurah photographer captures rare Aurora Australis
Mandurah photographer captures rare Aurora Australis
Mandurah photographer captures rare Aurora Australis
Mandurah photographer captures rare Aurora Australis
Sara Nesteriak captured the unpredictable Aurora Australis on Tuesday night

A MANDURAH photographer unlocked an achievement when she captured the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights on Tuesday night.

Sara Nesteriak said she’s been chasing unpredictable auroras for about “a year or so”.

“I think I’ve tried about six times or so, and last night, Perth Weather Live posted saying they were active, so I raced down to the back of South Yunderup where I live,” she said.

“The whole time out there I wasnt sure if I was getting it or not, but after processing the images and fixing the balance in the image… bam.”

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It’s rare to capture Aurora Australis this far north and most photographers head to Tasmania or Antarctica to capture them.

The aurora happens when the sun releases a burst of solar wind and magnetic fields into space.

Solar winds contain particles which interact with the Earth’s magnetic field.

When the particles and the field collide they produce energy which appears as auroras.

Ms Nesteriak said they cannot be seen with the naked eye.

“These image where taken over a 30 second exposure,” she said.

“In the past, people have captured the aurora as far north as Perth.

Amature astronomers and photographers can head to this website to find out when the auroras will appear next.

To check out more of Ms Nesteriak’s photography head to her Facebook page.