AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
1999 MAY

All dates and times UTC

May 13 09:30 Glow SE to SW to 15° elev. IBC 2. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            09:40 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:45 Whitish glow to south, somewhat brighter than Milky Way.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:00 White homogeneous glow, 140° - 240°, to 10°elev. IBC 2. No activity.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
                White glow to 15° elev.
                (S46.5 E168.3) - Invercargill, New Zealand
                Brighter now and more extensive. Yellowish.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
                White glow in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 to 11:30 Bright glow on southern horizon to 10° elev.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            11:30 Faint glow, now IBC 1. Moon rising.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 14 14:20 Glow and band with green and pink rays moving slowly. Seen through light cloud SE to S. Not very high. Pulsating and flickering sometimes.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 15 16:00 Pink and green glow below cloud in S and SW. More red in SW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 16 13:58 Glow mostly white with pink and green rays almost to the zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 19 08:30 White, with some very light green, glow to about 5° elev.
            09:30 Glow now to 10° elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            12:30 Suspected glow along southern horizon. 2 min photograph revealed a red glow to only 5° elev.
                (S40.3 E175.4) - Palmerston North, New Zealand
            18:26 Green corona directly above lasted about 15 min. Confirmed by All Sky Camera.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 21 21:10 Faint curtain to south.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 23 21:10 Faint curtain to south.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 24 04:00 Big, long swirls slowly moving and being replaced by others. NNW though zenith to SSW.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            10:00 Moonshining behind cloud, but in S and SW moving rays up to quite a high elev.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            21:00 Faint curtain to south.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 26 02:45 Parallel rayed green bands; trace of red for short time on lowest part of bands. Flickering and 'snaking'. IBC 4. NNE to SSE to 45° elev. Visible until Moon was above horizon.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 29 07:30 No evidence of aurora.
            11:30 Yellow-green glow ESE through S to WSW to 30° elev in SSW. IBC 4. No stars visible through aurora. Not even Canopus. Full Moon in clear sky. Ceased observing.
.                 (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand