AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
1996 OCTOBER

1996 October 7 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
Approximately 1000 A few rays of pink and green but with a little white.
1350 Similar as before but with more white, along with a white patch.

1996 October 23 UTC
(S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
0905 Aurora lasted for only one minute. Low in the south at 185 deg az, a small bright patch 2 deg high x 1 deg wide at an alt of 2 deg. It was white, possibly greenish-white of IBC 2. Then realised that it was part of what appeared to be a faint rayed display up to 12 deg high, between 185 deg and 195 deg az. Only very few rays were faintly visible. They just faded away to be replaced by another ray. Each ray was about 1 deg in width.

1996 October 31 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1315 Pink and green rays in S to SW.
1335 Rays were more white.