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

All dates and times UTC

Jun 1 approx. 10:00 Bright large white patch SE to S. Few small 'lazy' rays mostly pink and green but with a little white to elev about 80.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 6 approx 18:00 Bright green between hill and cloud SE to S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 9 23:10 Spectacular display with moving multiple arcs and colour shifts.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Jun 14 00:40 Multiple bands aligned north-south.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Jun 15 approx 10:00 Rays S to SW mostly bright pink but also green and white.
            15:00 Bright green band in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 18 N.T.R. Aurora seen.
                (S44.7 E171.0) - Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand
                (S44.5 E170.1) - Otematata, North Otago, New Zealand
                Little colour upon darkness, gradually strengthened in colour with rays green, white and a little yellow in S and W to quite high elev. Red rays would shoot up almost to the zenith, last about 5 minutes and then just as rapidly disappear.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            08:00 Yellowish-green glow SE to nearly W above cloud bank along S horizon.
            08:15 Brighter now. Ray bundle due S to 20 elev. No movement.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:20 Definite green arc across S horizon. Rippling curtain effect seen.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            08:30 Similar. Cloud moving in from S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:30 to 09:30 Initially appeared as an arc in S to 5 elev with a similar less complete arc above to 10. A white patch visible occasionally to WSW at 5. Other white patches occasionally appeared and disappeared randomly in S to 45 elev.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 Faded slightly to just a bright glow; no longer definite colour.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            09:15 Bright glow to S with rays 10 either side extending to elev 20. Saw several bright flashes near the horizon culminating in very bright vertical rays and a red diffuse glow extending 15 either side and to an elev of about 20. From time to time an arc appeared SE to SW to 45 elev.
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 Rays from arc extended to about 12; one tinged pink. Display seem to weaken after this.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Aurora began to fade to a general glow.
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 to 10:00 S to W 'staggery' pattern. Mainly white but for five minutes there was a circular red patch above it.
                (S52.5 E169.6) - Campbell Island, subAntarctic Island
            10:00 Diffuse glow.
                (S45.1 E169.3) - Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 to 11:00 Bright green glow 120 wide to 25 elev against a few small dark clouds. One ray seen almost due S lasting for only about 5 minutes.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            11:00 Bright arc on S horizon.
            11:30 Brightened considerably and rays reappeared particularly to SW. Aurora was a distinct green arc above horizon rippling like a curtain with bright rays shooting about 10 above base.
            13:40 Faded substantially.
            14:50 Still glowing and relatively bright.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            15:00 Brilliant yellow band above S hill.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            15:30 Faded to near invisibility
            15:50 Aurora gone.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

Jun 20 09:00 Seen in all directions a green rayed band that was pulsating, folding with sideways movement and rapid change of shape of lower parts. IBC 4.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 21 21:00 Green band IBC 4.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 22 02:20 Multiple green arcs across the sky. Very bright and active.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica
            20:00 White corona and rayed band overhead. Forms faded quickly to be replaced by others. IBC 4.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 23 approx. 10:00 Green band between hill and cloud then a large flash which brought a few red rays but these were not very high.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 26 21:50 Multiple green bands from horizon to horizon but with surprisingly little motion. IBC 4. (Temperature -62C)
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

Jun 27 approx. 10:00 Large white patch in S between clouds.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand