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

All dates and times UTC

Nov 3  08:30 Faint pink glow E to W to 45 elev lasting about 30 min.
                (S41.3 E173.2) - Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
            15:00 Broad glow of pale red in S extending 60 in azimuth, to 25 elev. Between the horizon and 15 elev the glow was a very pale whitish-green more like approaching dawn. (But dawn didn't begin for another hour.)
                (S43.5 E172.6) - Christchurch, New Zealand

Nov 4  09:05 A single slanting ray due S to 40 elev. IBC 2 seen through car windscreen.
                (S46.0 E168.8) - Mandeville, Southland, New Zealand
            09:10 Numerous faint slanted rays in SE.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Croydon Siding, Southland, New Zealand
            09:11 Tall faint rays from SSE to SW to 20 elev. Brightened at times.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            09:58 A few faint greenish rays. Faded away after about 10 minutes.
                (S45.7 E168.5) - Lumsden, New Zealand
                Two beams approx. 1 wide around SSE, one in S and one in SSW to 70 elev. White arc az 150 to 240, 10 elev. Reddish glow to 30 elev a little brighter than Milky Way. first quarter moonlight.
            10:03 Beams disappeared. Arc and glow still present.
            10:05 Arc now only 5 elev. Glow to 10.
            10:15 Arc 2 elev; averted visibility only. Glow not obvious.
            10:18 Rays suddenly erupted SE to W to 50 elev. Arc now 5 elev and greenish-white. Rays from horizon to arc green; red above this. Brighter rose-pink ray segment or patch in SSE.
            10:25 Rays faded. Arc much the same except a little fainter.
            11:05 Few ray bundles in SE to 30 elev. Arc to 2 elev.
            11:07 Rays faded.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
                Just a few very faint rays at az 190 to 210.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:25 Arc very difficult to see.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            13:30 Aurora again active with some faint rays up to 20 elev.
            14:55 (Roughly an hour after moonset). S skyline as dark as other directions; ie, no aurora.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            15:30 to 17:00 No sign of aurora.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand

Nov 5  14:10 White glow in S with a few short pink, green and white rays; barely moving. The glow was more a silver making the white ray visible. Unusual.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Nov 6  15:30 to 16:00 Moderately bright aurora in S to 40 elev. Some rays and beams visible; more so just E of S.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand

Nov 14 14:00 Bright wide band in S and SW seen between clouds.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Nov 28 09:30 Faint pink glow and a few white rays. Shortly afterwards glow intensified to blot out all but the brightest stars and multiple white rays appeared throughout to form a rayed arc.
                (S42.3 E171.1) - near Greymouth, New Zealand
                Pink patch in cloud gap in SW that was steaked vertically as though it was composed of merging ray bundles. After a few minutes the glow became more uniform like a diffuse glow.
            09:36 Cloud closing in. Alpha Ara immersed in the glow.
                (S41.3 E173.3) - Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand
            10:00 Faint pink or white glows; now and then white rays. At one point multiple white rays and white glow the same brightness as at 09:30.
                (S42.3 E171.1) - near Greymouth, New Zealand
            10:10 Glow IBC 2 SE to SW to 30 elev. Faint red glow in SW to W.
            10:20 Faint rays in SW. Suspect faint arc forming in background.
            10:30 Faded a little now. No rays, IBC 1.
            13:45 to 14:00 Light overcast now but suspect glow in S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Nov 29 10:40 Hills to S dark and well defined but sky above had a faint dull reddish glow.
                (S41.3 E173.2) - Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
                White green rays SE to SW. Pink glow in W. Rays fading to be replaced by others. Awesome sight.
                (S42.3 E171.1) - Greymouth, New Zealand
            10:42 Glow and four rays az 205, 1 to 40 elev.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:45 Pale colourless glow to SW below alpha Pav but no sign of rays. Hills to the S were dark and well defined and the sky above (and behind) the hills had a faint greenish glow. Sky to SE definitely darker.
                (S41.3 E173.3) - Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand
            10:52 Strong ray az 205 to elev 30.
            10:53 Several rays, one due S up to 30, one at az 210 to 30, one at 235 to 20. Other fainter rays. The ray due S became very broad: 10 wide and grew to 45 elev. Possible arc very low, centred az 210.
            10:56 Rays in SW merged into three broad rays to elev 30. Ray in S to 35.
            10:59 Two very bright rays; one at az 205 to 30, the other at 220 to 20. Bright enough to blot out 5th magnitude stars.
            11:01 These two rays intensely bright plus many short fainter rays between az 108 and 205.
            11:02 These two rays now fading. A narrow 'searchlight' ray at az 200 to 30 elev.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:04 Glow behind hills to S gone.
                (S41.3 E173.3) - Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand
            11:05 Broad ray az 230 to 25 elev. Strong narrow ray at az 205 to 30. Fainter ray at az 195 also to 30.
            11:07 Two rays az 205 and 215, latter to elev 45, also broad glow az 220 to 250. Two briefly visible 'searchlight' rays around due S.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:10 Faint rays to W of S to elev 15.
                (S41.3 E173.2) - Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
                Quite bright auroral display SE to W. Cloud obscured bottom 11. Bright greenish-white band IBC 3 visible up to 24 with fainter glow IBC 2 to 50 elev.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
            11:12 Display quietened down but for glow az 160 to 240 to elev 15. Broad faint ray az 210 to elev 20.
            11:14 Two strong rays close together centred az 240; left one to 20 and right one to 10 elev merged to form one broad ray.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
                A large slanted bright ray IBC 3 appeared in W to 25 elev. That part of the sky also appear to be reddish.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
            11:18 Merged rays seen at 11:14 separated again. A further faint ray at az 220 to elev 20.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:20 Bundle of pink rays faint in SW.
                (S42.3 E171.1) - Greymouth, New Zealand
            11:25 Display has quietened down to a glow with a faint ray at az 175 to 20 elev near alpha and beta Centauri.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:50 Mostly overcast but spectroscope shows wide spread glow through gaps in cloud.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            12:00 Display faded.
                (S42.3 E171.1) - Greymouth, New Zealand
            13:45 to 14:00 Sky still mostly overcast but clear from S to W to about 20 elev. Bright aurora in progress IBC 3 with bright broad rays covering clear sky. Rays in W sloping north. Red glow from SW to W.
            14:10 Sky clearing now. IBC 3 to 4 arc brightest in SE. Red glow above arc. Rays in S reaching to almost overhead. Beautiful display.
            14:18 Arc breaking up now. Single ray in S extends overhead. Broad ray in SW to 60. Red glow obvious.
            14:25 Similar. Rays along most of the display.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            14:30 to 14:45 Faint auroral glow seen extending 15 to 20 above S horizon. Two faint rays were seen projecting in the SSW above Levin at 14:30 to 14:35 and extending approx 10 above horizon.
            14:45 to 14:50 Two consecutive rays projected above the northern Tararua Ranges (SSE from observer) to elev 15.
                (S40.3 E175.4) - Glen Oroua, Manawatu, New Zealand
            14:50 Faint glow still present contrasting with the dark hills below.
                (S41.3 E173.2) - Hope, Nelson, New Zealand
            15:00 Auroral display became undetectable as the morning twilight began to interfere.
                (S40.3 E175.4) - Glen Oroua, Manawatu, New Zealand