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

All dates and times UTC

May 12 08:00 Faint glow SE to SW to 10 elev. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            08:15 Now IBC 2.
            09:00 Mostly overcast. Ceased observing.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 15 01:55 Multiple arcs N to S with rapidly changing colour variations from green to white to pink near the zenith. Corona observed near zenith.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

May 16 01:55 Multiple arcs mostly N to S with colour changes and pulsations occurring at an elev of 30 in north.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

May 17 01:05 Aurora.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica
            14:10 Bright green between hill and cloud band SE to S. Brilliant yellow with dashes of white in NW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 18 00:35 Multiple arcs N to S with rays towards zenith and rapid colour variations from green to pink.
                (S90.0 W000.0) - South Pole Station, Antarctica

May 26 14:10 Very bright, wide green band with some pink between hill and cloud in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 27 07:00 to 08:00 White glow to 8 elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

May 28 14:45 to 15:00 Glow and low arc SE to SW to 10 elev. Confirmed with spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 30 09:30 Deep pink glow to 70 elev with green and white rays.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            09:40 Whole sky from E to W pink right to the zenith.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            14:00 Sky bright green. Pink and white rays very slow moving.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand