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

All dates and times UTC

Oct 1   12:00 Sky bright az 140 to 270, to elev 30. Fainter than Milky Way.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand

Oct 2   14:40 Glow SE to SW to 5 elev. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            15:05 Similar. Ceased observing.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 3   08:00 Glow to S and vertical ray bundles 15 E of S.
            08:20 Separate ray bundles appeared just below Large Magellanic Cloud 15 E of S to 20 elev. The rays were moving left to right at a rate of about 1 of azimuth per second. The formation moved over a time of 15 minutes to the SW remaining at the same elevation (20).
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 Several rays in S to 40 elev. Very faint in moonlight.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Green glow with rays S to SE to 50 elev.
                (S46 E170) - Otago-Southland flying at 4000 ft, New Zealand
            09:40 Bright glow; got camera. After first photo rays started.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            10:00 Glow much brighter, coloured green with hint of crimson above main glow. Multiple ray bundles.
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:10 Activity reached a peak with red rays; faint because of moonlight, and bright yellow/green patches low down.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            11:30 Rays yellow,green and deep pink.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            12:50 Very bright greenish glow through large cloud gap in SE and fainter reddish glow above the green glow in the more unobscured sky in WSW. elev at least 25 (clouds higher up).
            13:34 Cloud in S cleared. Fainter glow max'm elev 29 and brighter glow max'm elev of 18.
            13:45 Aurora now almost disappeared. Only remnant was a greenish patch below Crux, centred az 170, elev 12. A faint homogeneous broadray could be seen stretching upward above Crux to 40 elev slightly slanted to left. A single flaming was also seen earlier to the left of Crux.
            13:55 Now only a green glow low in S to 8 elev.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand

Oct 4   08:00 Wide spread glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Dunrobin, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:40 Rays from horizon. Green lower parts and red upper.
                (S41.9 E147.1) - Launceston,Tasmania, Australia
            09:00 Green glow with rays; SE to S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Dunrobin, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:30 Glow in S with rays.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
            12:00 Sky partly cloudy. Glow with rayed arc. Rays almost-SE to W.
            12:10 Rays active SW to W. Red glow above display. Quite extensive.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            13:20 Widespread greenish glow.
            13:30 Rays to 45. Red glow above main glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Dunrobin, West Otago, New Zealand
            13:40 Similar to 12:10 observation where visible through clouds.
            14:00 Similar but not as bright. Red in W. No rays.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            15:56 Most wonderful aurora. Three white and green ray bundles; one in S and the others either side.
                (S46.1 E170.3) - Brighton, Otago, New Zealand
            16:00 Sky clear. Moon set. Beautiful display SE to S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            16:10 View through window; red glow to 30 elev. Two vague vertical broad rays.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            16:15 The rays got brighter and more of them but still in the same three positions around S. Glow mostly pink from nearly the horizon to the zenith. The horizon was still green-yellow and white.
                (S46.1 E170.3) - Brighton, Otago, New Zealand
            16:20 Broad white and red rays. IBC 3 to 4. Reached to 60 elev sloping towards E in SE. Red flashes from horizon. Most colourful for ages. Extensive glow. Got grandchildren up. Most impressed!.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            16:30 Almost gone.
                (S46.1 E170.3) - Brighton, Otago, New Zealand

Oct 5   08:00 Bright display of vertical beams in pastel colours. Centred 20 around S. Lasted about 20 minutes. Mir crossed SW to SE: crew would have had a nice view!
                (S43.4 E172.0) - Waddington, Canterbury, New Zealand
            15:00 to 15:30 Rayed arc az 180 to 210 to elev 15. Not very intense but some definite rays and glow.
                (S41.4 E176.0) - Mt Kakariki, SE North Island, New Zealand

Oct 17 11:00 Scraps of clouds to S silhouetted against sky.
                (S41.3 E173.3) - Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand

Oct 25 13:00 Sky clear. Glow SE through S to SW to 20 elev. IBC 1. Strong line in spectroscope.
            13:45 Similar but fainter.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 26 08:45 White glow to about 5 elev bordering Southern Cross.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

Oct 28 09:20 White glow seen through haze, S to NW to 70 elev. Same brightness as Milky Way. Cloud E of S.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
            11:00 Noticed that a strong glow had formed along southern horizon from E to W to 20 elev.
            11:25 First rays appeared with a soft red tinge; at az 205.
            11:35 A strong burst of rays appeared between Crux and the Pointers.
            11:45 The last active burst was a strong single white spike that sprung up amongst the last tail stars of Scorpius. A strong glow remained in that area.
            13:00 Cloud closed observations.
                (S41.1 E175.6) - Ahiaruhe, Phoenix Obs, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Oct 29 13:00 White glow to S; rays to 30 elev. Faint.
                (S46.9 E168.1) - Horse Shoe Bay, Stewart Is, New Zealand
            13:45 Sky clear. Arc SSE to SSW reaching to 15 where it was brightest. Broad ray bundles due S. IBC 1 to 2 where brightest.
            14:15 Arc faded now to faint glow. Broad ray bundle due S fading in and out but no movement. Glow about IBC 1.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 30 13:10 Whitish glow in S to 16 elev partly obscured by clouds. Lower 10 of glow was IBC 2 while the top 6 was IBC 1.
            13:23 Same.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand

Oct 31 approx. 09:00 Pink glow in southern sky.
                (S41.3 E173.2 - Hope, Nelson, New Zealand