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Stunning images emerge of aurora australis visible across WA

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Aurora Australis taken by Janna Cheshire from Bremer Bay.
Camera IconAurora Australis taken by Janna Cheshire from Bremer Bay. Credit: Janna Cheshire/Facebook/Janna Cheshire/Facebook

More stunning scenes have been captured of the aurora australis as it lights up the sky once again on Saturday evening.

The southern lights have been glimpsed from as close to Perth as Mandurah after West Australians were struck by its beautiful performance earlier in the day.

Hues of pink and purple lit up the sky above WA in the early hours of Saturday morning putting on a gorgeous display for photographers.

To get the weekend off to a stunning start, stargazers across the State got a lucky glimpse of the southern lights following a geomagnetic storm alert from a US space weather station—the first warning since 2005.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Centre issued the G4 alert — the second highest on the scale — with at least four coronal mass ejections, or the eruption of solar material from the Sun, forecast to head towards Earth.

Aurora Australis as seen from Mandurah on Saturday evening.
Camera IconAurora Australis as seen from Mandurah on Saturday evening. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

It meant the aurora australis could be visible as far north as the Pilbara should weather conditions permit a clear, cloudless view over the next two nights.

And those ideal conditions allowed for an incredible display of colour in locations like Pinjarra, Stirling, Mandurah and Albany and Bremer Bay in WA’s Great Southern.

Aurora Australis over Pinjarra on Saturday morning.
Camera IconAurora Australis over Pinjarra on Saturday morning. Credit: Melissa Sharpe/Facebook/Melissa Sharpe/Facebook
A rare aurora light show in WA made extra visible early this morning by widespread blackouts in Bunbury following yesterday’s destructive freak tornado.
Camera IconA rare aurora light show in WA made extra visible early this morning by widespread blackouts in Bunbury following yesterday’s destructive freak tornado. Credit: X/James Carmody/X/James Carmody
Mt Barker's Harry Rout captured the stunning sky as he woke up for hike on Saturday morning.
Camera IconMt Barker's Harry Rout captured the stunning sky as he woke up for hike on Saturday morning. Credit: Harry Rout

From seasoned aurora snappers to lucky first timers, people willing to get up early enough had their cameras at the ready.

Narrogin local Bev Muller was grateful she got to capture her first aurora australis about 3.30am in the Wheatbelt town.

Mandurah resident Tiffany Forster was up at 2am to witness the phenomenon which she photographed with her trusty iPhone and declared it the best she’s ever seen.

“I’m so tired!! But it was worth it! The Aurora Australia went OFF last night for 4 hours,” she wrote on Facebook.

“The cloud rolled in and out and the beams were shooting up into the sky so high! It was so bright it was totally visible to the naked eye. Best I’ve ever seen.”

The light display was even seen in Karratha, with Indigo Storm Photography capturing it at 5:44am along Millstream Road.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Space Weather Forecasting Centre also issued an aurora alert which is currently categorised as severe.

Geomagnetic storms can disrupt the Earth’s magnetic field, with varying effects including radio and GPS blackouts to the ethereal light show of the auroras.

Aurora Australis from Stirling this morning.
Camera IconAurora Australis from Stirling this morning. Credit: Emily Veronica / Facebook/Emily Veronica/Facebook

WA was last treated to an aurora in December, with the spectacle seen in Mandurah and even further north of the metropolitan area.

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