On very rare occasions the northern lights can be seen as far south as Southern California, Arizona, and Texas. During the 1859 Carrington Event, the aurora borealis was reportedly seen as far south as Columbia.

Also known as the aurora australis, the southern lights are not as easy to see as the northern lights. This is simply because there is less land in the southern hemisphere compared to the north. The lights are commonly visible is Antarctica, but that is mostly inaccessible. The aurora is reportedly visible from Patagonia on rare occasions. Overall, southern Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand’s South Island see the southern lights most often in the southern hemisphere.