Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Southern Lights in NZ

  1. #1
    jamesthecarman's Avatar
    jamesthecarman is offline Oh Masterful One
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cuba Street, Wellington
    Posts
    447

    Default Southern Lights in NZ

    One of my friends back home asked me about seeing the Southern Lights.

    Other than this freaky "Moonbow" (night rainbow, but it was huge, and not really coloured) I haven't....I didn't even associate the two until today.

    How about you guys? Is it more of an occurance in the South Island?

    Here's some links:

    http://homepage.mac.com/stevoss/astro/page2/page2.html

    www.astronomy.net.nz

  2. #2
    selchie's Avatar
    selchie is offline All Knowing Deity
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Behind the Redwood Curtain
    Posts
    2,010
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default Southern Lights in NZ

    I haven't even seen the Northern Lights, even though there have recently been occurrences as far south as we are (41˚ north latitude). Mostly this is because I live in a coastal area where clear skies are rare.

    I believe that with moonbows light is refracted through ice crystals high in the atmosphere. Not closely related to aurorae, but another fun atmospheric effect. On our most recent plane flights, I saw sun glories and a subsun with halo, which also have something to do with refraction through ice crystals.
    If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.
    - Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, mid-1800s

Similar Threads

  1. Warning - Dodgy Christmas lights
    By MotherBear in forum Life in New Zealand
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-12-2006, 01:40 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46