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

All dates and times UTC

May 1 10:30 'Dancing' bright green rayed arcs.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 3 NTR Aurora seen.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 6 11:00 Blue, red, green and white rays in S to about 70 elev.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 8 05:00 to 07:00 Bright greenish rayed arc in E. It was 'dancing' around, fading in and out fairly rapidly.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            07:00 Red, green and white rays flickering and almost to the zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
                No aurora visible.
            07:30 Still no aurora visible.
            08:00 Red colouring in sky from E to W to about 45 in elev.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
                Sky overcast. Cloud in S seemed to be backlit.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 Glow started to decrease in height and turned to off-white colour.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 Featureless faint white glow in S with some noticeable movement.
                (S39.0 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            15:25 Pink glow.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            19:30 Some faint pale whitish rays going straigt up from NE.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica

May 9 NTR Coloured rays almost to the zenith.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            05:45 Greenish-white rays coming from all directions towards a point at the zenith. There were also dancing rayed bands, bands, arcs, and patches throughout the evening all in shades of green and often bright enough to blot out most stars. The show was still going at 10:30.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            11:20 White glow.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            11:45 Imperceptable glow in S.
                (S38.7 E178.0) - Gisborne, New Zealand

May 10 06:00 to 11:00 Plenty of action in all directions. All types of forms; varied and bright coloured green and white with some pink flaming in N.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            06:30 Noticed glow and rayed band to 30 elev.
            06:55 Activity died down to just a glow.
                (S45.5 E170.1) - Middlemarch, Central Otago, New Zealand
            07:30 Slightly greenish arc low in S.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Glow to 20 elev. Low arc SE to SW. Moon in sky. Strong auroral line in spectroscope. IBC 2 or brighter.
            07:43 Sudden rays SE to S.
            07:50 Rays quite active but short lived. Arc rising.
            07:55 Rays quite active but still short lived.
            08:00 Arc now fading. Rays to 45, short lived, brightest in SW.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            07:30 to 08:05 Activity, covering some 100 of azimuth returned as earlier but now up to 50 elev through LMC. Some crimson colour was noticeable.
            08:30 to 09:00 A 3rd burst of activity as earlier with an arc appearing from time to time.
                (S45.5 E170.1) - Middlemarch, Central Otago, New Zealand
                Arc with greenish rays reaching to 30 elev.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Earnscleugh, Central Otago, New Zealand
            08:40 Whitish-green rayed arc SE to about az 200 and rays from there to W.
            08:45 The rayed arc had spread to the SW. Rays still as far as W.
            08:50 The band has gone but rays from SE to past W.
            08:55 Only a glow left.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            09:00 to 09:30 A 'gentler' glow remained.
                (S45.5 E170.1) - Middlemarch, Central Otago, New Zealand
            10:00 Still a glow but rays no longer visible.
                (S45.3 E169.4) - Earnscleugh, Central Otago, New Zealand
            12:15 White rays moving sideways. Most stars still visible but light pollution moderate.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica
            14:45 to 15:00 Only faint glow in S.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 11 NTR Red in S and SE.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            06:00 to 11:00 Similar to previous evening. Plenty of action in all directions. All types of forms; varied and bright coloured green and white with some pink flaming in N.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            08:00 Green coloured rays coming over Observation Hill; flickering. Also a very bright green glow from behind the hill and greenish-white coloured patches overhead that were just kind of changing shape. It was quite a show.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica

May 23 08:30 Faint glow on horizon SE to SW.
            09:30 Brightest on horizon. Active rays over most of display. Ray bundles, some rays to 40 elev. Short lived.
            09:40 Similar.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:55 Faint glow az 170 to 200 to 10 elev. IBC 1 similar to Scorpius region of MW. Numerous rays across glow but visible with only averted vision.
            10:05 Rays brighter; visible with direct vision. Suggestion of rosy tint to them.
            10:10 Rays gone. Glow faded to just a suggestion.
            10:15 No change. Ceased observing.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            15:00 No aurora.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 24 11:30 Glow SE to SW, IBC 1. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            14:00 Similar.
            14:45 Overcast.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 28 05:00 Aurora reported.
            07:00 Two 'dancing' greenish rayed bands towards the NW and a white corona.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            08:30 Faint glow SE to SW to 10 elev. Faint line in spectroscope.
            09:30 Similar.
            14:45 Overcast.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

May 29 15:30 White glow S to SW.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

May 30 06:30 to 08:30 Greenish bands out to the N and NW.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica
            11:35 Faint green glow in S.
                (S46.9 E168.1) - Half Moon Bay, Stewart Is, New Zealand
            19:45 White, quite bright rayed arc in N and NW. Impressive.
                (S77.9 E166.8) - Scott Base, Antarctica