Aurora Australis is an aurora occurring in the southern hemisphere. Like its northern hemisphere counterpart, aurora borealis, it is created when electrically charged particles from solar winds enter and interact with the EarthÂ’s atmosphere. It is also known as the southern lights or southern polar lights.
AurorasÂ’ occurrence is directly linked to the solar activity, which is measured by the number of sunspots. If there are more sunspots, there will be more aurora activities on Earth. If the solar cycle is near its maximum, aurora australis can be visible in New Zealand, especially in the South Island, southern Australia, southern Chile and Argentina and sometimes in South Africa too.