An Aurora australis caused by a solar storm could be seen last night across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

However, heavy rain and clouds prevented many across New South Wales from seeing the spectacle.

The phenomenon happens when plasma particles that are thrown from the sun crash into and overwhelm the Earth’s magnetic field which then pushes the particles to the north and south poles.

The result ends up being various dazzling colours like greens and purples lighting up the the sky.

Here in Australia where we are closer to the south pole, we see the Aurora Australis, while in the northern hemisphere the Aurora Borealis can be seen.

The natural light show could bee seen from Saturday, up until the early hours of this morning.

(IMAGE: ABC News Breakfast)