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Magical moments of the southern lights

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 16: The Aurora Australis, or 'Southern Lights' light up over the Mersey River in Devonport on March 27, 2017 in Devonport, Australia. Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, happens when the sun releases a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields into space. These solar winds carry particles which interact with earth's magnetic field, colliding to produce energy releases in the form of auroras. (Photo by Heath Holden/Getty Images)

Known as aurora australis, the southern lights are an atmospheric light show usually seen in high latitude areas of the Antarctic Circle. A deeply stunning spectacle (and the Southern Hemisphere's answer to the northern lights), it occurs when gases like oxygen and nitrogen emit light after colliding with charged solar particles in the atmosphere.

Click through for some stellar images and facts about this celestial wonder.

(Pictured) Aurora australis lights up over the Mersey River in Devonport, Australia.

© Heath Holden/Getty Images
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