AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2004 JANUARY

Jan 16 11:55 Featureless glow S to SW along skyline to 10 elev. One or two rays seen shortly afterwards. 12:31 Glow centred in SSW.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

Jan 20 14:00 Glow SE to SW to 10 elev. IBC 1. Confirmed in spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Jan 22 10:46 Rayed band SE to WSW with many faint rays. Up to a Cen, 24 and SMC, 45. Top of curtain followed a remarkably uniform curve: no rays above the continuous pale drapery.
            11:00 Rays now more defined; same height as before. A curling band extended over about 30 centred on due (geographic) S.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
                        Rays most of the time.
                (S44.3 E171.3) - Timaru, New Zealand
            11:35 Band now ragged along the south skyline az 190 to 240 to 30 elev or more. Hidden in places by cloud.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            12:00 to dawn Auroral display complete with rays.
                (S39.7 E177.0) - Tukituki Valley, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
                        Glow. Spectroscope showed spectral line from E to W and to zenith. IBC 3. Hint of red glow above. No rays at this time.
            12:15 Similar.
            12:30 Mostly greenish-white glow, now IBC 4, and rays over most of the sky, up to zenith. Some flaming in bright patches.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
                        Activity lulled.
                (S44.3 E171.3) - Timaru, New Zealand
            12:45 Rayed arc, brightest SE to SW. glow still E to W. Dark on S horizon. Little movement. Aurora casts shadow of hand on roughcast house.
            12:50 Similar. IBC 3. Broad rays.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            13:12 Nearly uniform arc az 150 to 240 to 10 elev.
            13:21 Bright irregular band continues with bright rays 'popping off' the bright condensations in the band.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            13:30 Arc grew to about 10 and formed a corona with many rays forming into curtains.
                (S44.3 E171.3) - Timaru, New Zealand
            13:38 Changing rapidly.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            13:45 More cloud but similar to 12:50. Rays along arc SE to SW. IBC 3.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
            13:50 Mostly a low ragged arc with a few faint rays. Much less impressive than earlier.
            14:58 Aurora now just a few very tall, pale rays above cloud in the S and SW.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

Jan 23 11:00 to 11:30 Pale green glow with many rays, including a large one that appeared at 11:25 and remained for a few minutes.
                (S45.7 E168.5) - Lintley, northern Southland, New Zealand
            11:16 Broad rays at az 180 and 200 visible in a 10 high gap in clouds along southern horizon.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand

Jan 25 11:30 Glow SE to SW to 10 elev. IBC 1. Confirmed with spectroscope.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand

Jan 27 13:45 to 14:00 Sky beautifully clear. Glow IBC 1 SSE to SSW to 10 elev. Confirmed with spectroscope.
            14:10 Now brighter, IBC 2. Brightest in SE. Rays to 20 elev in SE. Little movement.
            14:25 Uniform glow; still IBC 2, to 15 elev. No rays.
                (S45.8 E169.3) - Edievale, West Otago, New Zealand
Jan 31 12:14 Brilliant white glow SE.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand