We’ve all heard of the Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, the natural electric phenomenon that creates bright, brightly-colored light displays in the Arctic Circle sky. But I was surprised to learn that a similar phenomenon occurs in the Antarctic Circle, known as the aurora australis or the Southern Lights. And they are every bit as spectacular as their northern cousins.
Queenstown, New Zealand, astrophotographers Jake and Jo Scott-Gardner (A.K.A. South of Home), have been taking shockingly beautiful photos of the Southern Lights during what is called the Milky Way Season (which, ironically, is what I call Halloween). Their photos are so jaw-droppingly amazing, the feelings they inspire in me can almost be called religious (and that’s not a feeling to which I’m generally susceptible). My favorite thing about their Facebook feed is that quite a few of their photos are 360° and you can move them around to see the whole spectacular horizon!
All photos property of South of Home Photography/Jake and Jo Scott-Gardner.