AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND

REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2003 OCTOBER
All dates and times UTC

Oct 8 approx. 10:00 Suspected movement through light cloud in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Oct 12 approx. 10:00 Bright green glow seen through two cloud gaps in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Oct 18 13:00 Faint glow; brightest in SW. Confirmed in spectroscope.
            13:45 Still clear but no aurora or line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 19 10:15 Glow SSE to SSW to 10 elev. Brightest low on horizon, IBC 2.
            11:20 Similar but now SE to SW.
            13:45 to 14:00 Glow low, SE to SW, IBC 2. Confirmed in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 21 10:00 Glow IBC 1 confirmed in spectroscope.
            11:10 Similar.
            13:45 Now overcast.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 22 approx. 10:00 Green glow seen through cloud gaps in S and SW.
            10:50 White glow in cloud gap in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Oct 24 13:45 to 14:00 Glow SE to SW to 20 elev. IBC 2.
            14:15 Glow faded somewhat.
            14:30 Glow SE to SW. IBC 2.
            16:00 Glow now IBC 1.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 25 09:30 Sky clear. No aurora.
            11:00 Sky clear. No aurora.
            13:45 to 14:00 Glow SSE to SSW; low. IBC 1. Confirmed with spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Oct 26 09:15 Red, green and white rays and perhaps some blue ones, SE and SW. To about 70 elev.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

Oct 28 08:30 to 08:45 Bright glow, pinkish above.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Heriot, West Otago, New Zealand
            08:50 Wide spread rayed arc E to W, red glow above and white below up to 20 elev. Faint rays over most of the display. IBC 3. Very strong line in spectroscope.
            09:00 Arc from just above horizon to 10 in S. Rays fade in and out; diffuse but little movement. Rays reached to zenith at times.
            09:30 Similar. Faint rays. Glow to 45.
            09:50 Suggestion of double arc. Only a few rays at this time. Brightest in SE.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            11:00 Pale greenish glow strong enough to slightly illuminate the ship and dim the fainter stars of Crux.
                (S44.8 E172.0) - Ship Mt Kakariki, off Timaru coast, New Zealand
            12:20 Similar. Double diffuse arc. No rays.
            13:45 to 14:00 Mainly a glow SE to W to 45 elev with a single arc. Bright rays in SE. IBC 2-3.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            15:00 Rayed arc and glow az 160 to 240 to 25 elev.
                (S44.2 E172.8) - Ship Mt Kakariki, off Ashburton coast, New Zealand

Oct 29 08:00 - 09:00 Velvet red curtains, rays and good pulsations.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            08:30 to 08:45 Just as it got dark saw a bundle of red rays angling away to the east at due S, seen through only cloud gap. Clouded over after this.
                (S40.4 E175.6) - Manawatu Observatory, Palmerston North, NZ
            08:35 Numerous white rays to 20 elev above a greenish glow, SE to SW. Diffuse reddish patches in SSE. IBC 2.
            08:40 Clouded over for remainder of night.
                (S41.0 E175.0) - Raumati Beach, New Zealand
            08:45 to 09:05 Dark red glow that faded to light pink in 20 minutes. 36 wide and 16 elev.
                (S39.4 E173.8) - Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand
            09:00 Noticed a sort of 'ghostly' white glow near the horizon S to SW.
                (S35.6 E174.3) - Whanagarei, New Zealand
                Saw faint red glow to zenith until I left the shelter of trees when the bright green arc affected my dark adaptation. Arc az 130 ro 280 to 5 elev. A few rays.
            09:10 Many rays appeared along entire length of arc and were brighter with strengthening red colouring.
            09:15 Most rays gone and arc had dissolved into a patchy glow.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            09:04 Green, red and white colours on the move seen through cloud gaps.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 to 10:05 Diffuse green glow to W and slightly N; bright but varying in W. Above 25 there was a low intensity glow. Cloud cover very frustrating but a break in the cloud in S revealed bright glow to 50 elevation. Then clouded over.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            10:50 to 11:15 Strong glow az 160 to 290 reaching to 70 elev. The glow was very intense up to 30.
                (S40.3 E175.4) - Glen Oroua, Manawatu, New Zealand
            11:00 Two arcs, both slowly rising, stretching from az 110 to 280.
            11:15 Flaming began.
            11:18 A corona formed. All features pale green in colour. Rays filled more than half the sky; E to W and to 20 north of the zenith.
            11:35 Corona disappeared and rays started to fade.
            11:40 Only a glow and a few long (almost to the zenith) rays were left.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            11:00 Green/white patch about same size as LMC 8 south of Crux.
            11:20 Crescent Moon just set. Red glow spreading.
                (S39.4 E173.8) - Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand
            11:10 to 11:30 Diffuse glow and rays to 15 elev. Just a faint glow after this.
                (S34.5 E148.5) - Bathurst Observatory, NSW, Australia
            11:14 to 11:32 Diffuse glow to 15 elev seen through cloud gap in Crux - α and β Centauri region.
                (S38.2 E145.1) - Mt Eliza, Victoria, Australia
            11:20 to 11:55 Diffuse glow centred at az 140 and 20 wide up to 20 elev. Very litle colour.
                (S34.1 E142.1) - Mildura, Victoria, Australia
            11:30 Clouds with a possible slight glow.
                (S37.9 E145.3) - The Basin, Victoria, Australia
            12:00 Only a solid glow left but fading during the following hour.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            12:00 to 12:15 Suspected faint glow in S.
                (S33.1 E134.3) - Kalka Station, South Australia, Australia
            14:00 Green arc photographed (front page Otago Daily times 2003 November 3).
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            15:00 Faint pink glow and faint rays to 15-20 elev. Then swamped by twilight.
                (S33.1 E134.3) - Kalka Station, South Australia, Australia
                Another burst of activity with more bright rays.
                (S34.5 E148.5) - Bathurst Observatory, NSW, Australia

Oct 30 12:00 to 12:15 Diffuse pink glow that seemd quite mobile in S to 40 elev. Faded after observing for 15 minutes.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand

Oct 31 08:50 Suspected rays in S against twilight.
            09:00 Rays confirmed az 160 to 200 to 20 elev as they became brighter and the sky got darker.
            09:15 to 09:30 Sky mostly dark now. Broad rays IBC 2 between az 120 and 250, to 30 elev. Rays lasted for about one or two minutes and then faded to be replaced by others a minute or two later.
            09:30 Rays gone.
            09:35 Rays reappeared but fainter. IBC 1. Glow barely noticeable in moonlight.
            09:40 A few rays, very faint.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            09:00 Several rays, mostly broad and very pale appeared.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            09:00 Sky clear but no aurora nor line in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            09:00 to 11:00 Diffuse orange-red patches and faint white vertical broad rays obvious due their fading in and out of visibility, lasting for several seconds, at several minute intevals. The Moon interfered with visibility and averted vision required.
                (S41.3 E174.8) - Wellington, New Zealand
            09:30 to 12:30 Several episodes of brief activity close to southern horizon.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            09:45 Green glow in S.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            11:45 Glow like a diffuse arc SE to SW to 20 elev. IBC 3. Hint of red above display.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            12:00 Bright red glow in S. Seen to change shape.
            12:15 Aurora gone.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            12:30 Activity intensified dramatically with multiple bright green and red rays extending az 120 to 240. Tops of rays almost to zenith.
            13:15 Activity died away to be replaced by diffuse glow and flaming.
                (S46.6 E168.3) - Bluff, New Zealand
            13:20 to 13:30 White rays S to W came and went. All were essentially vertical reaching to near the zenith.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            13:45 to 14:00 Sky now clouding over from NW. Glow SE to S where visible, IBC 2.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand