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

All dates and times UTC

1997 November 2
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1100 White and pale yellow bright glow almost to the zenith. Sharp edge to glow against the dark sky.

1997 November 5
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1050 - 1210 Glow, az. 160 to 230, alt 10. IBC 2.

1997 November 6
(S43.5 E172.5) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
0915 Glow in south 5 wide and to 3 alt.
0925 Pulsating glow with a distinct yellowish colour. Rapidly changed in size and brightness on timescale of 10 seconds.
1004 Fluctuating movement from left to right.
(S43.2 E172.6) - Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
1015 Yellow pulsating glow.

1997 November 7
(S43.5 E172.3) - Rolleston, Canterbury, New Zealand
0845 - 1015 Glow. Colour changed from white to yellow with occasional orange tint. Pulsed regularly.

1997 November 8
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1023 Pink glow in south and white patches.

1997 November 9
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1045 One large patch in south.

1997 November 22
(S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
1000 - 1500 Bright glow seen through cloud gaps.
(S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
1105 Aurora with rays.
(S43.5 E172.5) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
1030 - 1300 Green glow on horizon. Up to 15 rays forming curtains of a red colour extending from southeast right around to the southwest and to alt of 20 or 25. The rays were coming and going every few minutes during the 2 hour display. Some rays were forming above the horizon so they did not "touch the ground". The display was bright enough to drown stars within the display to the point that they could not be seen.
1420 - 1445 Red homogeneous glow from southeast to west.
(S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
1230 Bright light green glow to 15 alt. Rays reaching past celestial pole with some light crimson and sideways movement.
1345 No sign of any aurora.

1997 November 23
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1020 Whole southern sky bright.
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1030 Bright blue glow in south. Rest of the sky darker.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Invercargill, New Zealand
1045 Glow IBC 2 to 3 at horizon fading to darkness at 45 alt. Southeast to western twilight.
1115 Similar but considerably fainter.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1100 Arc az 160 to 240, alt 3 to 10. IBC 2
1120 Similar but to 15 alt and IBC 3.
1130 Similar with faint broad ray az 190 to 200, alt 25.
1135 Rayed arc az 160 to 240, alt top 25. Alt of base varied between 3 and 10 at different azimuths.
1140 Rayed arc folding along base. Quite bright rays, to alt 30 in places.
1145 Arc, az 160 to 240, alt of base 7 and top 15. Rays gone.
(S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
1113 Noticed auroral glow of IBC 2 in southwest and south to 7 alt.
1118 Alt increased to 11.
1121 Single faint vertical ray of IBC 1, developed from the glow and rose 5 west of alpha Cen to 17 alt. The ray was 2 wide.
1134 Aurora in maximum display. IBC 2 glow now reached 16 alt. A partial rayed band of greenish white (IBC 3) appeared mainly in south, with rays from rayed band varying from 2 to 5 in alt. Base of rayed band is 12 alt. Extending from the rayed band, a faint half-elliptical-shaped glow of IBC 1 could also be seen. Its apex reached 40 alt to south and the base of the glow is 20 wide.
1141 Rayed band and faint elliptical glow gone. Aurora glow now reduced to 12 alt, south and southwest.
1145 Now down to 8 alt.
1151 Now to 5 alt.
(S43.5 E172.5) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
1000 Glow and a few rays, lasting longer and were wider and longer than previous night. Rays then died away.
1130 Glow still present and rays reappeared lasting up to 10 minutes at a time, and showing a slight movement. There were basically just three rays most of the time. One central ray and rays space equally spaced either side. they reached to 40 or 45 alt at times. When they faded and shortened the area between them "filled in" and the resulting shape appeared to look like a "crown"; that is, the top was wider than the base with both sides curved.
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1130 Bright glow az 170 to 220. Very bright close to the horizon and may have been a slight green tinge there. Alt 30. Two distinct rays extended further up to about 60.
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1300 - 1500 Yellow patches coming and going. Pink colour towards the east and almost sure a band was visible between the clouds.