'A night of subtle pastel auroral beauty' - breath-taking aurora captured in Otago

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A stunning aurora covered the skies of Otago last night, with keen photographers not disappointed. 

Ian Griffin, director of Otago Museum, set up at Hoopers Inlet on the Otago Peninsula.

Ian Griffin photographed the auroral beams in Otago.

Ian Griffin photographed the auroral beams in Otago.

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"A night of subtle pastel auroral beauty here in Dunedin," he tweeted

Paul Stewart snapped the aurora from Dingleburn, near Wanaka.

Paul Stewart snapped the aurora from Dingleburn, near Wanaka.

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Aurora Australis itself is a fairly common sight for photographers in the south, with small geomagnetic storms happening quite frequently.

Ian Griffin photographed the auroral beams in Dunedin.

Ian Griffin photographed the auroral beams in Dunedin.

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They are typically not visible to the naked eye unless very far south during a very strong storm, and the images and timelapse videos are captured using long-exposure photography.

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