AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2003 AUGUST

Aug 1 12:00 Glow SE to SW to 10 elev. IBC 1. Strong auroral line in spectroscope.
            14:45 to 15:00 Sky clear but no aurora.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Aug 2 12:45 White flaming covering almost the whole sky; south to north bright enough to illuminate clouds. This lasted 30 to 60 seconds. A white glow in the S remained afterwards for a few minutes.
                (S41.2 E146.6) - Port Sorell, Tasmania

Aug 3 approx. 10:00 White glow.
            12:15 Few rays; mostly white but some deep pink with touches of green.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Aug 6 09:30 Pink glow mostly in SE but fainter in around to SW. To 45 elev.
            10:20 Much fainter and no colour.
                (S39.0 E175.5) - Hastings, New Zealand

Aug 18 NTR Some glow to SE.
                (S39.0 E175.5) - Hastings, New Zealand
            07:15 to 09:30 Rayed arc with little colour.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Blue arc with fine rays above it. To 7 elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            07:30 Bright green glow E to W with no stars visible through it. Occasional bright rays in S extending to about 45 elev.
            07:40 A ray appeared due E that extended through the zenith, across the Milky Way and finished on the western horizon, lasting about 10 minutes although no corona was visible overhead.
                (S46.3 E168.3) - West Plains, Southland, New Zealand
            08:00 to 08:15 Quite bright lightish green glow up to 30 or 45. About six bright white pillars.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            08:15 Sky cloudy but widespread glow SE to W, IBC 2. Spectroscope show it to 50 to 60 elev.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:10 'Excessive lighting' in S.
            08:25 Base had a definite greenish colouring with red above that lasting about 30minutes. Lot of ray activity from just E of S to 15 W of S to 10 elev.
                (S43.5 E172.3) - West Melton, Canterbury, New Zealand
                Lot of ray activity in middle section of aurora.
                (S43.5 E172.1) - High Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand
            08:30 Green glow visible ESE to WSW.
                (S46.3 E168.3) - Wallacetown, Southland, New Zealand
            08:30 to 09:30 Glow and rays.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:45 Glow centred on magnetic S and 20 to 30 either side and 30 elev. Green 40 ray at either end with just a hint of rays in between. Creamy colour at base merging into pale green before fading out altogether just below the Southern Cross.
                (S43.5 E172.6) - Prebbleton, Christchurch, New Zealand
                Broad bright rays in SE. Hint of arc forming.
            08:48 Rays faded now.
            08:55 IBC 3 now in S where rays are quite active. There are also rays in SE.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:45 to 10:00 There was about 70% cloud but the horizon was clear up to about 20. A lot of rays with side to side movement and a folded rayed band visible below the cloud layer. Some folding of the curtains.
                (S46.3 E168.3) - Wallacetown, Southland, New Zealand
            08:50 to 09:15 Greenish glow az 120 to 260, elev 40 estimated. Broad ( to ) rays in WSW. 80% of aurora covered in cloud, but bright enough to shine through thin cloud.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            09:00 White rayed arc E to W intersecting the Milky Way. Green band. Pulsating, moving sideways and flickering. Flaming. IBC 4.
                (S41.2 E146.4) - just outside Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
                Glow about IBC 2. No rays at this time.
            09:30 Glow faded somewhat.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 to 12:00 Bright very pale green glow in southern sky. Some vertical rays to 15 elev moving very slowly. The glow close to the horizon was bright enough to block out even the brightest stars. From 12:00 increasing cloud gradually covered the display.
                (S42.6 E171.0) - Hokitika, New Zealand
            10:10 Green glow and arc S to W with green/red rays which pulsated over period of 10 seconds. IBC 2.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            10:25 White rayed arc in S flickering. IBC 2.
                (S46.8 E176.6) - Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand
            10:30 Strong glow visible directly S to 30 elev. Cloud covered the view before anything could be assessed.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            11:00 A very bright ray could be seen, even from Christchurch, to about 30 going right through Southern Cross.
                (S43.5 E172.6) - Christchurch, New Zealand
            11:00 to 11:15 Glow IBC 3 where visible through clouds. Rays in SE.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            11:30 Patchy glow az 180 to 230, about 10 elev.
                (S43.6 E172.5) - Tai Tapu, Canterbury, New Zealand
            11:30 to 12:30 Bright green glow across to SW (cloud obscuring E to about 40 above the horizon) up to 25 with occasional rays extending to 45. Flaming at intervals of a second or less in the S, and faint grey patches of coronal aurora that were changing position. This would all persist for 3 or 4 minutes. After about 15 minutes it would start all over again.
                (S45.6 E168.2) - Mossburn, Southland, New Zealand
            12:15 Cloud breaks in S partially revealing bright aurora SSE to WSW to 45 elev; bright enough to obscure stars. There seemed to be white curtains and rays.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            13:00 Glow still visible but little structure visible.
                (S45.6 E168.2) - Mossburn, Southland, New Zealand
            13:00 to 13:30 Pale green glow SSE to WSW to about 30 elev. Flaming in the W. Glow gradually widened becoming a diffuse glow. Flaming coninued for awhile after this.                 (S46.9 E168.1) - Horseshoe Bay, Stewart Is, New Zealand
            14:00 Green rayed folded band from cloud in S to WSW for about 10 minutes and then faded to a rayed glow.
                (S46.3 E168.3) - Makarewa, Southland, New Zealand
            15:00 Very bright arc. Flaming to 35 elev.
            15:40 Glow; no flaming.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand

Aug 21 07:15 Arc ESE to WSW, elev. 40 and about 3 wide. Some rays present off the band about 20 in height. Changing shape; taking about 20 s to 'fold and unfold'. After about 7 minutes this faded to a patch about 25 elev in SSE approximately 5 in diameter. Then after a few more minutes this virtually disappeared.
                (S46.3 E166.5) - Woodlands, Southland, New Zealand
            09:30 Rayed band occasionally brightening to magnitude 1 stars: some folding present. Rays forming and shifting quite quickly (5 to 10 s). Lasted about 5 minutes then faded back to an arc.
                (S46.2 E168.7) - Edendale, Southland, New Zealand
            10:25 Beautiful pale green arc az 140 to 250, elev 5 at middle of arc; top of arc 10. IBC 2 to 3. Both edges of arc diffuse.
            10:30 A few rays beween az 160 and 180 reaching to 25 elev and lasting about 3 minutes.
            10:47 Arc more diffuse. Az 160 to 220. Gradually fading.
            11:00 Now just a faint glow az 160 to 220 to about 4. IBC 1.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:00 to 11:30 Arc; sometimes a double arc, and rays az 160 to 180 reaching to 25 elev. lasting about 3 minutes.
            11:45 Arc visible again.
                (S46.4 E168.2) - Sandy Point, Invercargill, New Zealand
            12:13 Earthquake! Biggest and longest I've felt for sometime.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand

Aug 22 11:00 Faint glow along horizon confirmed with spectroscope.
            14:45 to 15:00 Glow IBC 1 SSE to SSW to 10 elev.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Aug 23 08:30 Arc to S with ray activity
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Glow, low. IBC 1. No rays.
            08:35 Sudden rays SE to SW. Quite bright - IBC 3.
            08:40 Ray bundles quite active to 45 elev. Brightest in SE. No rays at this time between S and SW. Glow to 10 in S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 Glow with rays coming and disappearing, developing into an arc, rayed arc and further into a rayed band stretching from the horizon to the Pointers and across to the Magellanic Clouds. Smaller brighter rayed band 'in front of' the large band. 1 to 2 minutes later both disappeared to be followed by rays and a lingering glow. No colours; all white.
                (S46.9 E167.7) - Mason Bay, Stewart Island, New Zealand
            14:45 to 15:00 No aurora.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Aug 24 09:30 to 09:55 Even though the sky was clear E of S there was a very faint glow only in S to W to 10 elev. Also half an arc; top at 10 elev at az 240 to horizon at az 270 fluctuating in brightness between IBC 2 to almost undetectable over periods of 2 to 3 minutes.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:25 Glow above hill in S with a few 'lazy' rays deep pink, green and white. Lasted about 12 minutes then "wham - gone"!
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            11:00 Glow SE to SW to 10 elev, IBC 1. No rays.
            13:00 Clear black sky. No aurora.
            14:45 to 15:00 Clear black sky to horizon. No aurora.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand