AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
1997 AUGUST

1997 August 13 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1000-1010 Very bright cloud gap in south. Clouded over after 10 minutes.

1997 August 23 UTC
(S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
0700 Patch.
(S43.5 E172.5) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
0940-1010 Glow low in south and southwest. In the SW glow kept gradually dimming and brightening. Sky above glow at first blue tinge, then red tinge, then a slight green. This pattern repeated although the red was predominant.

1997 August 27 UTC
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (B)
0715-0845 Green glow in SW. It gradually faded during this time.

1997 August 28 UTC
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (A)
0745 Glow SSE to SSW, 10 deg alt. in S.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (A)
0800 Brighter. Confirmed with spectroscope.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (B)
0815 Whitish green glow in SSE - SSW "quite bright".
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (A)
0815-0830 Brightest on horizon. No activity. Whitish.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (A)
0845 Display faded.
(S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
0845 Glow 20 deg wide and to 5 deg alt in S.
(S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
0900 Glow with no structure.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
0920 Possible faint glow az. 180 - 220 deg, 10 deg alt.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand (B)
0930 Aurora gone.
(S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
0930-1000 Couldn't see aurora.

1997 August 29 UTC
(S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
1000 Very faint glow extending 20 deg either side of SSW, alt. 7 deg. Hint of raylike structure in glow.