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

1997 March 04 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
0930 Bright green and pink and a little white in the south. Cloudy in the west. Squid boats in the east!
1215 Bright, white glow in same place as before.

1997 March 08 UTC
(S41.5 E147.2) - Norwood, Tasmania, Australia
1000 A single ray visible in SSE to 20 deg alt. Slowly moved to the S over 25 minutes by which time it faded.
1100 Another ray formed in SSE, moved to S over 20 minutes and faded.
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1630 Glow to zenith. Purple in east and west changing to blue, then red, then orange then yellow in the south from both directions.
(S41.5 E147.2) - Norwood, Tasmania, Australia
1000 - 2130 Homogeneous glow rising to approx. 10 deg, SSE to S, visible continuously over this period. View to south obstructed by trees.

1997 March 12 UTC
(S46.5 E168.3) - Invercargill, New Zealand
1025 Rayed band az 180 - 230 deg, alt base 3 deg, rays 20 deg. Brightest at az 210 deg. IBC 1 to 2.
1030 Band az 180 - 220 deg, alt base 3 deg, top 5 deg. IBC 1 to 2.
1035 Band as before, but fainter. IBC 1.
1040 Band now a glow, az 180 - 220 deg, alt 7 deg. IBC 1 to 2.
1045 Glow as before. No activity. Ceased observing.