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

All dates and times UTC

May 4 approx. 10:00 Small green patches in W and NW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 7 approx. 10:00 Bright green patches between clouds in W.
            approx. 14:00 Small bright green patches in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 11 08:00 As the sky partially cleared a strong glowwas seen along S horizon silhouetting the clouds.
            12:00 By this time a very strong glow had appeared under Grus and over to Capricornus in the SE. This SE glow in photos showed to be homogeneously green whereas in the past photos always had a tint of red. Glow in the S not as strong as earlier.
                (S41.1 E175.6) - Ahiaruhe, Wairarapa, New Zealand
            approx. 10:00 Pink, white and green rays in S to about 70 elev.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 12 16:00 Suspected faint glow SE to SW.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 13 07:30 White glow with a touch of green in S to about 8 elev.; Achernar 'sitting' right on top of it.
            09:30 Glow still present.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Ardgowan, Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

May 14 11:15 to 11:30 Glow SE to SW brightest in SW. Spectroscope showed line to 10 elev.
            14:45 to 15:00 Sky clear but no glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 18 approx. 14:00 Wide green glow in W and NW. Thick cloud in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 22 14:15 Bright green glow in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 23 14:00 Bright green glow in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 30 approx. 10:00 and approx. 15:00 Wide glow SE to W. Green in SE and S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand