Scrolling through youtube today we've managed to come across this great South Pole lunar time lapse by Glen Kinoshita. What's great about it is the fantastic pictures of Aurora Australis ocurring at the South Pole itself, which is what you can see in the picture above.
The British Antarctic Survey says that Aurora Australis is created when 'charged particles from disturbances on the Sun interact with the Earth's magnetosphere. High energy particles then cascade into the highest parts of the Earth's atmosphere, ionising gasses and creating a glow much as in a neon advertising sign. Particles with different energies ionise different gasses and hence create different colours to the aurora.'
Clicking here will take you through to our youtube favourites site. Clicking on the video entitled 'South Pole Lunar Time Lapse by Glen Kinoshita' will let you see it for yourself - enjoy!
Posted by Tim Fright on November 7, 2007 1:17 PM