Before we begin, let’s get the obvious jokes out of the way:

Tassie Copped A Bloody Beautiful Eyeful Of The Southern Lights Last Night

No, Mother, it’s just the northern lights.

Well, it’s not the northern lights. It’s Aurora Australis, the southern equivalent – and it lit up the skies of New Zealand and southern Tasmania last night. It looked much more intense in NZ, if the photos are to be believed, but the good folk of Tassie still copped an eyeful of glowing green sky.

The aurora was reportedly caused by a solar flare which whipped up storm-like conditions on the South Pole, which caused a much stronger reaction in the upper atmosphere than is usually seen.

Have a squiz at some of the pics on social media.

Cor blimey.

Photos: Twitter.