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

1996 September 9 UTC
(S77.9 E166.8) - 7 km south of Scott Base, Antarctica
0900 Multiple homogeneous isolated rayed bands running north-south. This display was highly mobile. Seemed to be a concentration of rays around the Mt Erebus area. Ceased observing at 1400 UTC.

1996 September 10 UTC
(S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
0830 Glow with rays.
0900 Glow only. Auroral lines confirmed with spectroscope.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
0940 Possible glow az 180 - 220 deg, alt 10 deg. Only the top 2 deg were visible, the rest obscured by cloud.
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1400 & 1645 Glow, patches and rays. Some redness in lower parts. Slow pulsating and change of shape of lower parts. (Also observed the aurora earlier in evening.)

1996 September 11 UTC
(S41.9 E147.1) - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
1040 - 1415 Glow. Hints of rays from time to time. A red patch at one stage. Display less obvious at 1115, 1200 and 1245 to 1320. Ceased observing at 1415.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1055 - 1120 Faint glow. Az 175 - 220 deg, alt 10 deg.
1120 - 1130 Faint arc. Az 175 - 220 deg, base 2 deg, top 6 deg.
1150 - 1200 Faint glow. Az 160 - 220 deg, alt 4 deg. Ceased observing.
(S41.6 E147.3 - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
1200 - 1300 White glow steadily moving westwards. Visible changes over 10 - 15 min periods. 2 or 3 rays showing up one after the other at one stage. Aurora faded rapidly from 1250 - 1300. Appeared to have gone by 1315.

1996 September 12 UTC
(S46.4 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
0800 Pale white green glow S - SSW, alt 35 - 40 deg. Rays at its brightest part.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
0830 Faint arc az 150 - 230 deg, alt base 7, top 10 deg.
0840 - 0845 Rayed same extent as before. Rays first appeared at 180 deg and then spread towards east. Very few in west. Base of some rays extended below base of arc. Rays faded after a couple of minutes.
0840 Curtain with quite narrow sharp rays coming and going.
0850 Green arc.
0855 Arc turning into a glow az 180 - 210 deg, alt 10 deg.
0857 - 1010 Glow fading, rapidly at first, through ever thickening mist.

1996 September 14 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
0800 approx. Bright white glow in south.
0915 Pink and green rays appeared. Aurora observed again later in the evening.

1996 September 18 UTC
(S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
1200 - 1230 Single auroral beam coming from southerly direction and then spread out to multiple homogeneous bands that seemed to curve northwards around Mr Erebus. These bands seemed to start overhead and spread northwards. One of the brightest displays seen in some time.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1215 Marked auroral glow bewteen S and SW. Brightest at southern point in glow. Tended to mask stars at this point.
(S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
1220 White aurora glow IBC 2 through gap in cloud az 190 - 210 deg from horizon to alt 6 deg. Top of cloud gap 8 deg. At 1243 cloud cleared from SSW to W and no sign of aurora.