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ON THIS DAY Cook expedition records radiance of Southern Lights

September 16, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

On 16th September 1770, Captain Cook’s expedition to Australia witnessed the Aurora Australis, becoming the first Europeans to note the astonishing light show.

Aboard HMS Endeavour, botanists Joseph Banks wrote in his journal:

“About 10 O’Clock a Phaenomenon appeard in the heavens in many things resembling the Aurora Borealis but differing materialy in others: it consisted of a dull reddish light reaching in hight about 20 degrees above the Horizon: its extent was very different at different times but never less than 8 or 10 points of the compass. Through and out of this passd rays of a brighter colourd light tending… Full article at the source>

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