AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2000 JUNE

All dates and times UTC

June 5 10:00 Pink, white and blue patches and glows, and a band or two occasionally.
            11:15 Brighter plus one or two slow-moving rays.
            12:15 Bright blue glow.
            14:15 White glow with a few pink rays.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

June 8 10:00 Arc low on S skyline.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:00 to 11:00 Low rayed arc.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:15 Bright greenish arc SE to SW, elev 30. IBC 3 to 4. Faint rays in S and SW. Red glow in this area. No movement.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
                Quiet horizontal arc SE to SW.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand (1)
            10:18 Bright curtain.
            10:24 Low, lumpy arc.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:30 Arc faded to glow. IBC 2.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            11:00 Just a glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
                Weak 'twilight-type' glow.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:15 Finally faded from sight.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand (1)
            11:22 Moon has set. Aurora remains a very faint diffuse glow.
            12:57 Aurora active again; rays up to elev 20.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            13:00 Display brighter and more extensive. Faint rays along display SE to SW. Red glow above most of display to 60 or more. Brightest in SW to W, IBC 3 to 4.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            13:11 Auroral curtain from SE to SW; top elev 20. Centre almost due S. Reddish top in SSW.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            13:15 Glow az 130 to 240. The lower green part reached to elev 7 while the upper red part reached to elev 20. The green part showed as yellow-green in an 11-minute exposure photo.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand (2)
            13:17 Now a lumpy arc except in SW where there are some faint rays.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            13:30 Similar to that at 13:15 except that the western end ended abruptly as though it was a band curving away and behind the display.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand (2)
            13:37 Now a low, lumpy glow; along skyline.
            16:10 Now a bright diffuse glow on skyline SSE to SW to elev 5.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            14:45 to 15:00 Glow now IBC 1 to 2. To elev 15 in S. No red, rays nor movement. Still greenish SE to SW.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            17:00 to 18:00 A good glow on the S to SW horizon.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            17:08 A pale dome SSE to SSW , elev 5 in S.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            17:15 Pink, white and green/yellow rays wavering and not too far from the zenith. The white rays were higher than the others.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            17:41 Aurora is now six bright rays SSE to SW to elev 10.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            18:40 Glow still present confirmed with spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            19:00 approx. Auroral glow visible in dawn twilight.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

June 10 23:10 A ray bundle to the north. IBC 3.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

June 17 10:00 approx. Pink, white and green glow seen through light cloud in S despite Full Moon.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

June 23 07:00 White glow in S to elev 10.
            08:30 Started to fade.
            09:00 Very little of it left.
            09:30 Clouded over.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

June 25 21:15 White ray bundles at different heights moving and changing form. IBC 2. Bases of rays 20 to 30 elev and rays about 20 long. Display lasted about 5 minutes with just a couple of rays for the finale.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

June 26 08:00 to 08:40 Bright green glow to SE and S. (Observed from plane at 4000 ft.)
                (S46 E170) - Dunedin to Invercargill, New Zealand
            09:00 No aurora.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:45 Aurora first seen. Later developed into a greenish arc reaching elev 7.
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:15 to 12:00 Brightened and faded periodically during this time.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:30 Low arc along horizon. Glow above from SE to SW, elev 15. IBC 2 to 3. Greenish white. No rays.
            10:45 to 11:00 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:55 Classic, homogeneous, pale green arc, az 150 to 240, elev 4 to 8 at centre. IBC 3. Dark below. Glow IBC 1 to elev 20 and similar extent as arc.
            11:00 Arc started breaking up becoming 'lumpy'.
            11:10 Arc fainter and very 'lumpy'. Az 160 to 230, 4 to 8 elev, IBC 2. Glow still present to 20 elev, similar extent as arc.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            14:45 to 15:00 Faint glow now, in S. No activity.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

June 27 08:15 to 08:45 Green glow in SE to S. Lost it in glow of Invercargill's lights a few km from city. (Observed from plane at 4000 ft.)
                (S46 E170) - Dunedin to Invercargill, New Zealand
            17:30 Green band and a few deep pink, green and white rays with just a little movement S to SW. Not high.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            21:15 to 21:25 White and, clearly defined at bottom, elev 5 to 10 and diffuse at top, 5 to 10 higher, in SE. Little change. IBC 2 to 3. Ceased observing.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica