Photo of the Day

September 12, 2016

Light Show

The aurora australis paints the clouds in shades of pink over the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand. Like the aurora borealis, it appears when solar winds filled with charged particles buffet Earth’s magnetic field. The aurora australis, however, is the South Pole’s answer to the northern phenomenon. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Mark Gee, National Geographic Your Shot
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