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Capes residents stunned as biggest Aurora Australis solar storm in decades lights up the sky for stargazers

Craig Duncan and Sean Van Der WielenAugusta Margaret River Times
The Aurora Australis as seen from Deepdene Beach on Saturday.
Camera IconThe Aurora Australis as seen from Deepdene Beach on Saturday. Credit: Jake Bacchus

Stargazers across the Capes region were stunned at the weekend as the night sky was lit up by the bright colours of the Aurora Australis.

The announcement of a “severe geomagnetic storm watch” from the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Centre had onlookers across the country out in droves to catch a glimpse of the southern lights.

With this being the biggest solar storm in two decades, stargazers were dazzled by a light show that was visible even to the naked eye.

Jake Bacchus sent the Times pictures of the natural phenomenon as seen from Deepdene Beach on Saturday.

The Aurora Australis on Saturday as seen from Deepdene Beach
Camera IconThe Aurora Australis on Saturday as seen from Deepdene Beach Credit: Jake Bacchus

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