Aurora Australis Time Lapse Captured By Amateur Astronomer Alex Cherney (VIDEO)

02/02/2012 04:19 pm ET | Updated Feb 03, 2012

After two years of trying to track it down, amateur astronomer Alex Cherney has captured the unadulterated color and beauty of Aurora Australis, also know as the Southern Lights.

On his Vimeo page, Cherney explains that the red color captured in this time lapse "is caused by the charged particles from the sun exciting oxygen atoms high in the Earth's atmosphere."

The incredible scene was captured from Australia's Mornington Peninsula, just outside of Melbourne.

The auroras that occur near the Antarctic circle are called Aurora Australis, as opposed to the Arctic Circle auroras, which are called aurora borealis or the Northern Lights.

A software developer by day, Cherney lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is a member of Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society, according to his Facebook page.

Cherney also maintains his own website and sells high resolution prints of his photography on RedBubble.

For more footage of the Southern Lights, check out NASA's footage from space.

Source: Daily Picks and Flicks via Buzzfeed.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Alex Cherney had been attempting to photograph the Aurora Australis for two weeks.

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