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If the beauty of nature is countless, but the uncrowned king must be the Southern Aurora. Unpredictable and crystal clear, it can reflect the glory of ice and snow. The active period of the aurora is an 11-year cycle. 2017 is the last year of this round of active aurora. I missed this year and want to see such a good aurora. I can only wait for another 11 years.
How many 11 years are there in a lifetime?

Now that the aurora in Melbourne is in full swing, why not come and see it together?
The most intoxicating thing about the aurora seen in the southern hemisphere is her color-pink purple. Compared with the deserted Northern Lights, it is simply beautiful!

Best viewing time

According to predictions, September 9-13, there will be a period of intense activity of the Southern Aurora, and it will also be the most likely time to see it.

Whether or not you can meet them usually depends on luck. The best viewing time is from 10 o'clock in the evening to 2 o'clock in the morning. Please remember to take measures to keep warm.

How to meet

In Australia, there is a website dedicated to forecasting the aurora, called Aurora Australis Forecast. This website will report the intensity of aurora in real time. Every 25 minutes or so, it will update a Kp value. The higher the value, the stronger the visibility of the aurora, and the highest value can reach Kp9. In addition, it will announce the possibility of the appearance of aurora within a specific period of the past three days. website:http://www.aurora-service.net/aurora-forecast/
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As shown in the figure, 00-03UT means 0 am to 3 am Universal Time, Melbourne time is UT+10, for example, 3 am UT is equal to 10 am Melbourne time.
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@ Aurora Forecast App

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If you don’t understand, you can follow[Email protected] Aurora Australis and @ Aurora Australis Tasmania will post messages to watch the aurora, as well as aurora photos of tourists~

Aurora Australis Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/auroraserviceAUS/

Aurora Australis Tasmania Facebook community:https://www.facebook.com/groups/auroraaustralis/

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Eight best viewing places

Lake Tyrrell

In the sky city, dance with the stars
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Lake Tyrrell, known as the "land of the sky", is the largest salt lake in Victoria. Stepping on rain boots, strolling on the lake at ninety o'clock at night, apart from the quiet lake, there is the bright Milky Way. It lives up to its reputation as a stargazing spot, and everyone who has been there is moved. During the time when the sun rose, the lake changed from dark blue to pink, reflecting the setting sun, which lived up to the reputation of "the realm of the sky".
From City, the journey takes about 5 hours

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

The vast sea, the beautiful aurora
Recommendation index: ★★★★★Address: Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Nullawarre, Victoria 3268
I don't know if the stars fell into the sea, or the sea was swallowed by the sky, I can't tell which is heaven and the world. Island Bay Coastal Park in the westernmost part of the Great Ocean Road, with beautiful sea views and Australian flora and fauna in one! The park stretches for more than 30 kilometers from Peterborough to Warrnambool. During the day, you can experience the super visual impact of the red land and the blue ocean in Oceania, and the endless starry sky at night!
From CIty, the journey takes about 3 hours
You can also try to go by plane, it only takes 40 minutes

Loch ArdGorge

The Milky Way Hidden at the End of the End
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★
If the starry sky elsewhere is quiet and serene, then the starry sky of the Arde Lake Gorge makes people feel a bit of maverick arrogance: the stars hang in groups on the cliffs, blinking and blinking. When night falls, it is not an exaggeration to say that it is as bright as a diamond. Because it is too bright, the night here is also shining brightly.
From City, the journey takes about 3 hours.

Cape Schanck

A good place to climb to see the stars
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★

Climbing to the top of the CapeOtway Lightstation, the oldest lighthouse on the Australian mainland, 90 meters above the stormy Southern Ocean, witnessed many ships coming and going on this isolated and rugged coastline.

This is the base camp for Australian natives to stargaze. It is most suitable for group stargazing. You can look down at the wildness of the Southern Ocean and look up at the endless starry sky. If you don’t want to camp, you can choose to live in the Head Lighthouse Keeper and have a friends party.
From City, the journey takes about 3 hours.

Flinders

One's self-talk
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Flinders is also located on the Mollington Peninsula in the south of Melbourne, Flinders is a historic town with a quaint texture everywhere. The gorgeous Milky Way hanging in the sky at night slowly lights up, one person's travel, one person's starry sky, one person's telling. Quietly, the sound of waves hitting the shore can be heard. Looking up at the sky inadvertently, I can't help being shocked by the brilliant galaxy like a jade belt. It is very suitable for photographers to photograph the vast starry sky and the Southern Cross that can only be seen in the southern hemisphere.
From City, the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Phillip Island

Wait for the aurora with little penguin
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★
A touch of beauty brews in the pure air, and when you walk to Phillip Island, there are overwhelming stars, so beautiful that it is suffocating. Bring some food and beer for a picnic, just sit on the grass, raise your glass to the stars, and go, this will be a trip to forget your troubles.
From City, the journey takes about 3 hours.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Amusement resort
Recommended:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
During the day, you can hike, immerse yourself in the beautiful tropical rain forest, or dive in the colorful underwater world. In the evening, watch the splendid starry sky at an unattended beach. The XNUMX-mile beach and the splendid starry sky meet in the distance, weaving a unique veil for the night here.
From City, the journey takes about 3 hours.

How to find stars

You can use an app called Star Guide, aim directly at the Milky Way, and you can see the names of the stars!

Essential small items

  1. Flashlight (must be brought, mobile phone light won't work at all in inaccessible places)
  2. Warm clothes & quilt (the wind is blowing, the waves are clacking, it's really cold)
  3. Snacks (when waiting for the stars, at least make your mouth not lonely)

Shooting strategy

Essential tools:

  1. Digital camera or film camera
  2. Wide-angle lens
  3. tripod
  4. Shutter release
Start shooting:

  1. Put the camera on the tripod and connect the shutter release
  2. Set the camera to B or T shutter
  3. Set the lens aperture value to the lowest
  4. Set the focal length to infinity
  5. Use a shutter release to release the lens against the aurora
  6. Close the lens after 30 seconds of exposure
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