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

All dates and times UTC

Sep 4 08:00 Glow SE to SW to 15 elev; IBC 2. Strong line in spectroscope.
            08:15 Low arc formimg. Dark along horizon.
            08:30 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 to 09:10 Rays to 15 elev with colour varying.
                (S39.0 E175.5) - Hastings, New Zealand
            09:00 to 09:20 Rayed arc with pulsations to 40 elev. Colour varying.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            09:10 Rays.
                (S46.3 E168.0) - Riverton, Southland, New Zealand
            09:10 to 11:00 Glow that came and went over periods of 15 to 25 minutes. The glow could be clearly seen to move from side to side over a period of 2 to 3 minutes.
                (S39.0 E175.5) - Hastings, New Zealand
            09:20 to 11:50 Arc.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            09:30 Display more extensive now.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:40 Strong glow SSE to SSW to 20 elev. Hint of rays in S.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            11:50 to 12:10 Rayed arc with pulsations to 40 elev. Colour varying.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            12:20 Arc and broad rays W of S. Now IBC 3.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            12:25 Rays and flaming to 30 elev.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            15:00 Display almost faded.
            17:15 Bright glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Sep 5 08:30 Faint glow SSE to SSW. Then clouded over.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 to 10:15 Glow and rays in S and SW. Colours white, deep pink and green. The aurora was pulsating with the rays moving slightly sideways and slowly fading to be replaced by others.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Sep 7 16:50 Pink red and green glow and rays with rapidly changing forms and changing colours.
                (S25 E135) - *BA flight 1
            17:30 Deep pink wide rays to the zenith from E through S to W and a corona. There were less rays in the E but more glow and patches. IBC 4.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            18:20 Quiet striated deep-blood red glow az 170 to 190, elev 5, IBC 2.
                (S26.9 E 138.1) -*BA flight 2
            18:30 Active striated deep-blood red glow az 160 to 180, elev 10, IBC 2 to 3. A few rays at az 160.
                (S27.5 E139.7) - *BA flight 2
            18:35 Active homogeneous deep-blood red glow az 155 to 180, elev 10, IBC 2. Brightest rays at az 160, 10 elev slanting towards E, IBC 3, moving towards E.
                (S27.8 E140.4) - *BA flight 2
            18:45 Glow indistiguishable from Milky Way.
                (S28.3 E141.9) - *BA flight 2

Sep 10 approx. 10:00 Green, white and pink glow and patches well towards the zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Sep 11 08:45 Glow.
                (S45.7 E168.5) - Lintley, northern Southland, New Zealand
                Creamy/white hemispheric glow centred S about 15 elev. After about 5 minutes a dark red streamer went up from slightly E of S from about the top third of the glow to a further 15 above the top of the glow. This streamer had a fine dark line down the centre of it. It was slanting slightly eastwards and faded over the next 5 minutes. Meanwhile the main glow had similarly slanting dark lines with up to three at a time just quietly appearing and disappearing.
            09:05 to 12:10 The 'lines' gradually 'faded' leaving just the original glow which then also gadually faded.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
            approx. 10:00 Pink, green and white rays up to about the False Cross.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand

Sep 13 08:55 Hemispherical white glow centred S to about 13. For 10 to 15 minutes it slowly changed in form and then quickly faded altogether.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand

Sep 25 08:00 to 09:40 White glow in S to 10 elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

Sep 29 13:30 Bright green glow in S almost to zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Sep 30 N.T.R. Bright aurora seen.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 Glow in S amongst cloud.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            11:00 Strong glow through small cloud gaps in S to about 50 or 60.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            11:30 Glow SE to SW to 20 elev. IBC 2. Strong line in spectroscope.
            12:30 Glow more widespread. IBC 2 to 3. To 45 elev.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            12:40 Green glow SSE to SSW.
            13:00 Brightest at this time to about 25 elev.
            13:50 Much dimmer.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            14:45 to 15:00 Still a faint glow.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

*1 British Airways flight, Singapore to Melbourne, over Alice Springs and south.
*2 British Airways flight, Singapore to Sydney, approximately 640 km ESE of Alice Springs.