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Wed Jun 28, 2017, 07:21 PM

Brilliant Southern Lights and Milky Way Shine at South Pole (Photos)

By Doris Elin Salazar, Staff Writer | June 28, 2017 07:00am ET

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Astrophotographer Hunter Davis captured this view of the Milky Way and southern lights at the South Pole.
Credit: Hunter Davis

Like the inside of a child's iridescent summer bubble wand, the aurora australis also known as the southern lights and the Milky Way bend across the sky in a stunning display of sapphire blue and fuchsia pink.

Astrophotographer Hunter Davis captured two images of our galaxy's band of neighboring stars sharing the sky with the southern lights. They were taken in Antarctica, just over a relay station at the South Pole before the winter solstice, Davis said. The snow that blankets the base of the photos accentuates the brightness of the lights in the sky.

"I've been working and living at the South Pole station since Oct. 30th 2016, and will finally leave for home in early November," Davis told Space.com in an email. "The night sky down here is one of the prettiest things I've ever seen."


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Wed Jun 28, 2017, 07:45 PM

1. Awesome! I would love to see that in person. n/t

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