AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2001 AUGUST

All dates and times UTC

Aug 1 01:00 Very bright multiple green and pink twisting arcs moving very rapidly against the background of a nearly full Moon.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Aug 2 10:30 Deep pink, and a little green, active rays reaching to zenith and a corona seen through light clouds.
            12:30 Whole sky appeared to be on the move!
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 3 01:00 Display started with one arc visible low on the horizon towards grid west. Within 10 minutes this arc moved up rapidly towards the zenith. There was some pink at the brightest activity but mostly the arcs were solid green.
            01:10 to 01:40 A few arcs remained in the sky slowly getting dimmer and less active with a very dim corona until fading away completely.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Aug 8 11:45 Large pink patches in cloud gaps E to W. Didn't last long.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 11 12:20 Pale white glow silhouetting black clouds despite the bright Moon.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            23:10 One of the brightest and most active aurorae seen all winter.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Aug 13 00:38 Multiple arcs towards grid NNW. Mostly green with (unusual for the south pole) red lower borders.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica
            approx. 10:00 Green patches between clouds.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 14 04:38 Bright green arc running from grid north to grid south, with very active and bright corona at zenith.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Aug 15 09:00 Green, pulsating and flickering rayed arc NE. It was bright enough to blot out the faintest stars.
            10:00 Green glow, patch, arc and band with green and blue rays to the E. They were pulsating rhythmically at the same place every 10 to 100 s. There was sideways movement of rays, rapidly changing shape at the lower parts and fading rapidly to be replaced by others. There was also flaming.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Aug 16 00:30 Faint diffuse green aurora directly overhead, stretching into an arc oriented grid N - S.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica
            00:40 Barely visible green band E.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Aug 17 07:30 to 08:30 Glow to elev 10.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            Green bands between cloud and hills in W and NW.
            13:05 Bright yellow bands N and NW.
            approx 18:00 Bright white bands in S and SE.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 18 07:00 to 08:00 Glow to about 6 elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            approx 09:00 Wide green band in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 22 11:15 Glow SE to SW to 10 elev in S. IBC 1. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            14:45 to 15:00 Very faint glow on horizon.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Aug 27 13:35 Single bright green arc, with a red fringe, passing through zenith in a grid N - S direction. Quite spectacular with the muted orange colours of the twilight on the horizon.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Aug 28 approx 10:00 Green glows between hill and cloud in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 31 14:00 Green band S and SE in spite of Moon.
            15:00 Bright white band S and SE between hill and cloud.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand