The Headlines: The Southern Lights Are Popping Off In Tassie

Tasmania’s Aurora Australis Slaps

You know, you don’t have to travel to Alaska or Norway to catch vibrant green lights dancing across the night sky ’cause these aren’t the only joints that score auroral phenomenons. In fact, if you were in Tasmania over the past few days, you might have got to enjoy the vibes of our very own Aurora Australis. 

That’s right, in Tassie, an auroral phenomenon has been popping the heck off. What’s more, professional and amateur photographers alike have been scoring mint pics in this state, as they point their cameras toward the sky. 

“I attended a retreat at Pumphouse Point over the past few days, and we were so lucky to have had a light show as we strolled back to our rooms in the early hours of this morning,” said a local named Catie Horder. “I’ve lived in Tassie for sixteen years and have never experienced it myself, we couldn’t believe what we were seeing!”

However, if you’re jelly of missing Tasmania’s Aurora Australis, don’t panic. Not only will it probably return in 2023, but you also have a better-than-average chance of catching it over the next few years. 

The best places to enjoy Tasmania’s Aurora Australis include the likes of Bruny Island, Satellite Island, Bathurst Harbour, and the Central Highlands. 

Additionally, the Bureau of Meteorology actually drops Aurora Alerts. You can access these alerts by following the link here.

Meet Lady Gaga’s New Version of Harley Quinn

Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn
Image: Getty Images

On March 25, Lady Gaga was photographed on the set for Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel, Folie à Deux. Gaga is playing Harley Quinn, the Joker’s former physiatrist and sometimes lover.

Now, Gaga’s costume here is incredibly theatrical in nature. She’s wearing a mime-esque shirt and cabaret-esque make-up. But this tonally works with what Phillips is going for, as Folie à Deux is set to be a musical.

Folie à Deux will be released on October 3 of 2024.

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Doggos Are Helping Kids in the Classroom

Fact: Dogs aren’t man’s best friend. They’re instead humanity’s best friend. They pull drowning women from freezing lakes, they snuggle their enby owners on depressing days, and they will gladly save your leftovers from landfill. What’s more, dogs are now helping Aussie kids improve their literacy skills. 

Don’t believe that last point? Well, too bad. Because in NSW’s Kempsey East Primary School, this has been happening. A doggo named Piper and her handler, Helen Barnett, have been listening to kids read, which has improved these littlies’ confidence

As Penny Chow, Kempsey East’s Principal said, “Dogs have that special nature, they do things I think humans can’t do and really calm students down.”

“We have a lot of students who come from a trauma background as well, so we find having animals in the school environment is really that calm approach, and it’s non-confrontational, they aren’t anxious about reading. We see great improvements with their reading, moving up levels and working on what the teachers are focusing on.”

Piper and Barnett do this A+ work as members of the Story Dogs programme. You can learn more about this educational initiative here.

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