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8 amazing auroras seen on Earth ... and beyond

By: Katherine Butler on July 9, 2010, 11:15 a.m.
A red aurora seen from Kangaroo Island in south Australia

Photo: David Miller/NOAA photo library

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Kangaroo Island, Australia

Red auroras are considered among the rarest sights on Earth. People living in south Australia are often treated to aurora australis during strong geomagnetic events. The southern lights are most visible during Australia’s autumn and winter months. Experts say the best way to see aurora australis or aurora borealis is to wait for a dark, clear, moonless night. Viewers should head into rural areas to avoid light pollution from neighboring cities.