Bushfire Aurora Australis from Mt Wellington (Kunanyi)

Aurora Australis Tasmania (Southern Lights) from Mt Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, also known as Kunanyi. A Southern Lights photograph of a pink and green Aurora Australis above a bushfire haze.


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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

I am very thankful to have captured this photo of the Aurora Australis (the Southern Lights), the southern counterpart of the Aurora Borealis in the northern hemisphere.

If you look carefully, you can also see the famous Southern Cross constellation, which adorns our Australian flag. However, it was diagonally upside down at the time of year when this was shot.

I had been wanting to capture the Aurora Australis for a long time, but trying to get the solar forecast to line up with the weather forecast, the work forecast and the babysitting forecast was actually more of an improbability than the Southern Lights appearing here at 42 degrees south latitude. Thankfully one day they ALL came together, and the Lord blessed me with this wonderful shot.

Because this photo of the Aurora Australis was taken a couple days out from the summer solstice I needed to wait until nearly 11 pm for it to be dark enough to start capturing the aurora. And as usual, on those clear, still days, the fire service was doing a burn-off, so the horizon was blanketed with a deep orange haze. This was still visible to the camera, and it showed up in this shot. I really like it, though, because it looks like a “night rainbow” to me.

Whenever I look at the night sky and realize that many of the “stars” I see are actually entire galaxies with countless more stars, it blows my mind. I cannot begin to comprehend the vastness of the Universe, nor the vastness of the wisdom of my God to create and maintain the natural world. God, you are AWESOME!!

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse [of being ignorant of the existence of God]” (Romans 1:20).

Have you ever sat under the night sky and wondered about all of the magnificent laws of physics, which God spoke into being and caused to govern the Universe, that makes life on earth not only possible but abundant? We need just the right gravity, electromagnetism, temperatures, chemicals, water, atmosphere and location in the galaxy among many other things. What are the odds all of these factors coming together in the proper quantities in order to support life on earth (or any other planet, for that matter)?

Mathematicians say nil.

Watch an amazing documentary on this fascinating issue.


(If you would like to investigate more about God, please see “Is God Real?”, which answers 14 common questions people have about God. There are also many links to other articles, websites and videos for further study.)