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

1997 September 4 UTC
(S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
1100 - 1600 White and light yellow glow in south and south-east (at least) to 2/3 towards the zenith.

1997 September 20 UTC
(S43.5 E172.5) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
2015 First noticed as a static white semicircle low on horizon, due south. Remained like this for whole of viewing period, but did vary in brightness depending on density of cloud cover. A fainter broad glow built up to 5 to 10 deg west of the original.
2030 Horizontal bright band formed over 15 minutes about 5 deg above the horizon, and then shifted to the east with the west part fading. (A lot of these changes could have been due to cloud cover.) the glow in the west wasmostly green with a hint of red above the green. The band to the south-east was yellow-white with just a hint of pink in the upper part.
2100 - 2200 The band was bright, 5 deg high and was often up to 70 deg wide with two to three columns to the west.

1997 September 22 UTC
(S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
approx 1100 Bright white glow 3/4 towards zenith.