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The Southern Lights across Australia

14 May 2024 7:21 PM | Anonymous

The AIP's solar physicists and space science researchers have explained what caused the intensification of the aurora australis in Earth's atmosphere over the weekend of May 11th - 12th 2024.

We cannot predict when solar storms or flares will occur. The variability of the Sun's spots combined with the current solar maximum to shoot coronal mass ejections towards Earth.

Our AIP members have written:

Will we see more intense auroras this year? The science of solar storms explained (ABC News)

Expert Commentary: What caused so many auroras this weekend, and could we see more? (CSIRO)

Why are auroras so hard to predict? And when can we expect more? (The Conversation)

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