AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2002 FEBRUARY

All dates and times UTC

Feb 2 09:15 to 09:45 Bright white glow with traces of red to elev of 10 to 12.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            10:30 to 11:00 Diffuse glow in SE. Discrete arc SE to SW gradually developed. Two to three rays appeared at extreme SE edge of arc. The rays persisted during this time varying in intensity and height.
            11:00 Aurora now just a featureless dull glow in S as the Moon rose.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            10:50 to 11:00 Low arc SE to SW to 15 elev, IBC 2. Strong line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Feb 5 11:50 Bright green/white glow. Green only in SE.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Feb 8 10:55 No aurora despite clear sky.
            13:45 Faint line in spectroscope along horizon SE to SW to about 10 elev.
            14:00 Similar
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Feb 13 13:45 to 14:00 Very clear and dark sky. Faint glow SSE to SSW. Confirmed with spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Feb 20 approx. 10:00 Green glow SE to S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Feb 28 09:40 Red glow to west for about 2 minutes.
            10:22 Diffuse, pink glow lasted about 4 minutes.
            10:36 Faint rays: then turning to a pinkish glow.
            10:46 Pinkish glow.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            approx. 11:00 Green patches; one of which had a few white rays.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand