AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
1998 MARCH

All dates and times UTC

Mar 10 approx 0900 A bright green glow in south.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            1630 First noticed.
            1645 Greenish colour, distinct band about 15 to 20 up, stretching SSE to SSW. Definite rays towards the eastern and western ends.
            1650 - 1700 Several rays came and went across the whole base band; slightly pinkish at times. Rays going up to about 35. Slight shimmering.
            1710 Still going strong. Not quiet as many rays, but two really strong ones due south.
                (S44.9 E168.9) - Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand

Mar 20 1200 - 1600 Noticeable green arc 5 to 10 up across southern sky. IBC 2.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand

Mar 22 approx 1000 Sky bright in S and SW; perhaps greeny-white.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Mar 25 1100 - 1300 White glow with movement. One small faint ray. IBC 2.
                (S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand
            1100 - 1500 Bright green glow SE to SW silhouetting clouds.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand

Mar 26 0945 Small green patches in W and SW, and white one in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            1230 - 1300 Glow with pink, green and white colouring up to 45. IBC 3.
                (S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand

Mar 29 0930 - 1045 Small, faint pink and green rays above hill around SW, and white ones in SE. Some movement in SE ones.
            1525 Sky clear. No aurora.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Mar 30 0705 Faint, green/yellow glow in south.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            0745 "Massive pink showing" in SE not far from zenith with slow movement seen through light cloud. Pink, green and white glows below heavy cloud in S and SW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            0930 - 1200 Bright glow almost to zenith. IBC 3.
                (S46.5 E169.7) - Owaka, South Otago, New Zealand

Mar 31 1200 - 1430 Bright arc 10 to 15 up, and glow to 30 higher, SE to SW.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand