The Aurora Borealis, or 'Northern Lights' also has its southern hemisphere counterpart, the Aurora Australis or 'Southern Lights'. Usually associated with higher geomagnetic latitudes than England, it may, however, be seen from my observatory at times of intense geomagnetic storms. We now undersatnd that such events are caused by a large flux of charged particles ejected from the Sun penetrating the Earth's magnetosphere and impinging on the Earth's upper atmosphere. This burst of charged particles is often associated with a major solar flare and so called 'coronal mass ejections' from the Sun.