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

All dates and times UTC

Jun 1 07:15 to 08:45 Off-white glow in S to 10 elev. Reddish by 08:30.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 to 11:00 "Auroral activity gas been incredible - just about non stop and changing brightness and pattern and location all the time."
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 2 00:00 to 07:00 Patches and band. Rayed arcs.
            07:00 to 08:00 Flared arcs from N through to almost S on eastward side, bright enough to obliterate the stars.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 4 12:50 Glow along horizon SE to SW to 15 elev. IBC 1 to 2. Strong line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Jun 8 13:10 Very faint glow. Faint line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Jun 15 01:30 Short display of very intense green dancing rayed bands to the E and up to the zenith. Easily bright enough to block out the stars. Away from the base lights, some patches and a faint corona could be seen.
            23:00 to
Jun 16 02:00 Rayed bands, patches and some rays; all green. Again to the E and up to the zenith.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 18 All evening Glow, patches, rays moving sideways, arc, band which folded, flickering and flaming to beyond the zenith. IBC 4. Colours seen; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white. Unsure about a corona as the rays covered the zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            07:00 Strong auroral glow developing SE to W. Green arc spotted.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
                Broad whitish band extending to about 8 elevation.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Light blue arc, fairly wide.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            07:30 Bright arc E to W to 40 elev. IBC 2 to 3. No rays or movement.
            07:48 Similar. Hint of rays in SE.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:00 to 08:30 Diffuse glow az 120 to 290, 40 elev. IBC 3. Greenish tinge, particularly E of S. Rays to wide appearing and disappearing berween SSW and WSW. Midway through glow it was brighter, suggesting an arc but no definite borders.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
            08:07 Double arc now forming. Top of first arc about 60 elev. Pinkish to red in W. Still almost E to W. No distinct rays but brighter areas in arc in places. Brightest at E end of main arc. Diffuse glow over display, between arcs and to the horizon. No movement.
            08:15 IBC 4 at brightest parts. Bright short-lived rays in SW.
            08:30 Similar. Rays still in SW.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
                Display brighter.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Small rays appearing beneath the arc and moving sideways.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
                Good solid glow to S. Definite red colour and a faint green band along horizon. Faded about 08:45 only to return as a 'full-on' ray display at 08:50.
                (S39.0 E175.5) - Hastings, New Zealand
            08:35 Glow rose higher; to 45 elev.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
            08:45 Sky to S and W of S seemed bright.
                (S41.3 E173.3) - Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand
                Aurora reported.
                (S41.0 E175.7) - Kaituna, Masterton, New Zealand
            08:55 Glow back to original elevation. Western rays almost gone but a few narrow rays between S and SE.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
                Green arc strengthened and rose to around 40 elev before cloud covered. There may have been a little ray structure in SW (hard to tell with city lights and building cloud).
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            09:15 Bigger rays were moving towards the zenith with light greens and crimson reds in the SW but no reds noticed in the SE. One feature noticed was as if a wind was blowing through the aurora.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            09:22 Aurora was at its most active. The green band remained from SE to W, being dull red on the western edge. Filaments of pale green waved to well beyond the zenith. Flaming with sometimes four or more flashes being visible simultaneously as they moved upwards.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
                Sudden increase in activity with rays and a reddish glow to SW.
            09:30 "Everything was turned full on"; streamers, rays, arc and flaming (0.1 second from S to zenith). Rays reaching to 70 elev. The whole southern sky was a dancing pulsating display with activity appearing and disappearing in rapid succession. The bird noise (Plovers) had also increased considerably. Display stated to fade as the Moon rose.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - near Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
            09:50 to 10:00 Glow fainter, No rays. Flaming from top of glow to zenith and in a few instances up to 20 beyond the zenith, despite nearly Full Moon 5 elev in SSE.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
                Similar. Rays in SE. Rapid flaming to overhead. Pulses of light reaching zenith. Moon now up. Ceased observing. Cloud and rain later.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 Corona was visible although cloud was annoying. Earlier there was a bright arc visible even through the light pollution, with occasional rapidly moving rays.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
                Glow brighter, forming a greenish diffuse arc at 20 elev. Some of the flaming left patches that took up to 10 seconds to fade; particularlyhigh in the SE.
            10:05 Arc gone and glow fainter. Flaming now not as frequent. Still no sign of any rays. Ceased observing.
                (S45.7 E168.9) - Waikaia, northern Southland, New Zealand
            11:00 Aurora still active.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            15:00 White arc across sky; N to S.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            17:00 Looked like green movement in S through light cloud.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 21 10:25 to 10:45 Glow az 160 to 220, elev 3. Similar in brightness to Sagittarius region of Milky Way.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand

Jun 24 12:30 Faint diffuse glow to S with some faint rays lasting about 5 minutes.
                (S43.2 E172.4) - Rangiora-Oxford road, Canterbury, New Zealand
            14:45 to 15:00 Glow SSE to SSW, to 10 elev, brightest in S IBC 1. Line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            19:20 Green rayed band to east and dancing rayed arcs and patches towards N. A greenish glow behind Mt Erebus.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 25 07:00 to 09:00 Incredibly bright dancing rayed bands all over the sky. Mostly green but with some red tinges near the bottoms and at times bright enough to show up Mt Erebus and Mt Terror in the N. At 08:00 the aurorae fluctuated between nothing at all and so bright you couldn't see the stars, in bands, rays and patches - all greenish, from the east to N.
            11:45 Red rays in S with one or two patches of white about 70 elev.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 28 NTR Red and white glow with a few green rays.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            09:41 to 10:15 Glow to SW. One ray at around 09:50.
                (S45.6 E169.3) - Ettrick, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 Whitish green aurora circling horizon over 270 arc; NE dark. Rays moving up as if racing to the zenith.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            13:45 Very bright white glow SE. Some red rays SW to about 70 elev moving slowly.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Jun 29 9:00 to 10:00 Intense green aurora completely covering the sky and 'lighting up the world'! Rayed bands circling the horizon in all directions, coronas, patches and an amazing swirl right at the zenith that moved like wind on long grass. You could clearly see the 'winds' pushing the aurora around, with changes all the time, moving, swirling and occasionally dissolving. The rays coming off the arc moved upwards, towards the zenith, and at times were pink near the base. 'It was amazing.'
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

Jun 30 05:30 to 7:00 Aurora started off small to the N in a very bright green rayed arc and gradually spread through the east until the arc stretched from N to S with rays going all the way up to the zenith where they met; corona. The shape came and went but always some bands somewhere. Towards the end, the arc was brightest to the S with just a few whitish rays in the N.             08:45 No aurora at all.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica