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

All dates and times UTC

Sep 1  14:30 Green glow in south.
            17:00 approx. White glow low in south.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Sep 12 13:30 Partly cloudy. Glow SE to SW to 20 elev in south. IBC 1. No activity. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            14:45 Sky overcast. Moon in sky.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Sep 13 07:20 Light green glow detected in south, which continually expanded, to an elev of about 10.
            08:00 Glow stopped expanding, and then after a while started to decrease in size.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

Sep 18 10:30 approx. White, green and deep pink glows with one or two patches.
            10:55 Some rays shot up to an elev of about 50, lasting only a few minutes. Glow slowly faded.
            11:30 Just a faint glow.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            12:30 - 13:30 Glow az 160 - 220 and to about 20 elev, IBC 1. White but with a hint of green or blue. Rays immersed in glow appearing and disappearing over typically half to one minute, and only slightly brighter than the glow. A few broader, brighter rays rising to about 30 elev. Towards end of observing period an orange-red glow appeared around SE about 40 wide, IBC 1.
                (S45.2 E171.2) - Herbert, North Otago, New Zealand

Sep 25 08:30 - 11:30 White and green glows in south and south-west.
            11:30 Few low rays in south lasting a few minutes. Soon after, aurora just about completely faded.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            13:45 Greyish glow perceived east of south.
            13:56 - 14:04 Some rays seen.
            14:10 Glow appeared pinkish/reddish.
            14:12 Curtain of rays az 150 - 200 to elev 15 for about 30 seconds.
            15:00 approx. Glow faded.
                (S35.0 E138 ) - Myponga, South Australia