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

All dates and times UTC

Mar 5 approx. 09:00 to 13:00 Large white patch in W and NW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            14:00 Faint glow on horizon from about Grus to Eridanus.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand

Mar 6 approx 11:00 Whitish green patches E and S. Cloudy elsewhere.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Mar 11 10:00 Sky clear. No aurora.
            13:45 to 14:00 Faint glow; brightest in SW to 10 elev. Strong line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Mar 20 14:00 Splendid auroral display despite sky not being completely dark.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica

Mar 22 07:50 to 09:50 Strong, white glow with red tints in S despite 1st quarter Moon, to 8 elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

Mar 23 13:30 Glow SE to SW; 10 to 15 elev. Strong clear line in spectroscope.
            14:45 to 15:00 Glow more extensive and brighter.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Mar 24 08:45 Green glow in S.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
                Low arc SE to SW to 20 elev. IBC 2. Darker between arc and horizon.
            09:15 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 Pale arc along SW skyline.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            09:55 Strong green glow in S; red upper parts.
            10:00 Green glow with red upper parts. Rays appearing.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
                Ragged arc with rays up to 10 to 15. Brief red curtain in SW.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:03 Glow still green with red upper parts. Lots of rays; the biggest extending to Achernar and the LMC (approx. 45 elev.). Bright greenish white bands.
            10:07 Activity continuing with shafts of light shooting up into the sky: absolutely beautiful.
            10:18 Activity died down a little. Green glow on southern horizon.
            10:20 Band in SW; reddish pink in colour.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
            10:30 Just a faint patchy glow.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:34 Green/white bundle of rays in SSW (looking like a picket fence hovering in the air) with sideways movement. Changed to a rayed band folding slowly.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
            10:40 Arc now higher. Hint of rays. Moon bright.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:56 Activity died down.
                (S46.1 E168.9) - Gore, Southland, New Zealand
            12:30 Arc faded to even glow. No activity. IBC 2.
            14:45 to 15:00 Moon now set. Glow SE to SW to 20 elev. IBC 2 to 3. Rays due S to 45 elev. Little movement. Faint ray in SW. Brightest in SE.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            16:15 Noted aurora in S. Two or three faint beams to about elev of LMC (approx 25). They varied in intensity for about a minute.
            16:25 Magnetometer showed considerable deviation; ie. few arcminutes. In the next half hour it swung back to more like normal although it was not showing a really normal pattern all night, and indeed for the previous two days.
            16:30 Faint beams again; possibly slightly greenish. Easiest seen with averted vision.
            16:40 Similar.
            16:44 Similar.
            17:00 No aurora visible.
                (S43.5 E172.1) - Darfield, Canterbury, New Zealand

Mar 30 approx 09:00 Light green glow with a few pink 'lazy' rays before Moon appeared.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand