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

All dates and times UTC

1997 October 1
(S46.5 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
1115 - 1155 Glow seen through cloud gaps. Approximately az. 200 - 240 deg, alt. 15 deg.. IBC 1 - 2.
1215 Arc az. 105 - 285 deg, horizon to horizon passing through zenith. IBC 1 - 2.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
1445 White glow SE to SW to alt. 10 deg.. IBC 2. Confirmed with spectroscope.
1515 Similar as at 1445.

1997 October 20
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
1055 Bright white glow S - SW to 45 deg. alt.. IBC 3.
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1105 Bright glow about 60 deg. alt..

1997 October 23
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1112 - 1117 Bright glow to 45 deg. alt.. Gone after 5 minutes.
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
1345 Faint widespread glow.

1997 October 24
(S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
0900 - 1400 Arc SE - SW to 10 deg. alt.. Multiple rays coming and going during this time.
(S41.5 E147.2) - Norwood, Tasmania, Australia
1245 - 1345 Whitish homogeneous glow SSE to SW to 25 deg. alt..
(S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
1300 - 1320 Greenish low arc SE - SW to 20 deg. alt.. IBC 2 - 3.
1350 Confirmed by spectroscope.
1400 Similar but fainter.
(S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
1300 - 1310 Rayed arc. SE - SW. IBC 2. Sideways movements of rays.

1997 October 25
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
0930 - 1000 Glow in south.

1997 October 26
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
0930 - 1000 Glow in south.
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1000 - 1045 Patches and glows came and went to about 20 deg. alt.. No colour, VERY white.