Timelapse Video: Aurora australis brightens New Zealand sky

Watch a timelapse video of the aurora australis shot in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Stargazers this week were treated to a dazzling light show.

Bright shades of green, yellow and red pulsated across the sky from Australia to Europe to parts of the United States as far south as Tennessee.

A severe solar storm on March 15 generated this phenomenon, which occurs when particles from the sun collide with atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere.

It’s called the aurora borealis in the Northern Hemisphere and the aurora australis in the Southern Hemisphere. The best viewing spots were in areas of clear skies and little light pollution.