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

All dates and times UTC

Jul 2 10:20 to 10:40 White glow in S 60 wide in azimuth and elev 20.
                (S45.7 E168.5) - Lintley, northern Southland, New Zealand

Jul 12 08:20 to 08:40 Green glow to S, elev 10 to 15.
                (S46 E170) - Otago-Southland flying at 4000 ft, New Zealand
            08:30 Suspected auroral glow on southern horizon.
            08:45 Glow brighter with some streaks of cloud silhouetted against it. Clouded over after this.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            09:00 Glow IBC 1 confirmed with spectroscope.
            09:30 Now IBC 2, Low arc on horizon.
            10:00 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 to 10:10 Double arc at 5 and 15 elev, az 140 to 260. IBC 3. Gap in between arcs showed alpha Dor, Canopus and tau Pup. Magnitude 2 star (zeta Car) showed through bottom arc. Top arc faded in and out for a few minutes.
            10:15 Top arc not now visible. Faint ray in S to 20 elev for two minutes.
            10:20 Arc slightly lower, and fainter.
            10:25 Only a glow now visible, to 10 elev.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            12:10 Glow now confined to S.
            15:00 Overcast.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Jul 18 21:30 Glow, patches and occasional ray mainly in the northern sky. They slowly moved and changed form. IBC 2.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jul 27 07:30 White glow in S with Canopus on its 'top'. Difficult to see hour later at moonrise.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

Jul 31 07:30 to 09:45 Light green glow in S to elev 8, IBC 2.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand