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

November 04 NTR Multiple green bands with rays reaching high above the bands. The tops of some rays were blue-violet from being sunlit.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand

November 08 07:45 Rays in S and W rising to 40 elevation in W. Reddish tinge visible even though not yet fully dark. Activity continued for about 15 minutes with discrete rays and glows from SE to almost due W. Then quietened to glows with occasional brightenings and rays. 3rd magnitude stars not visible in bright areas.
                (S38.7 E178.0) - Gisborne, New Zealand
            08:05 Arc at elevation 80. This was followed by many rays. Most activity was in S and W but some rays were N of W.
            09:35 Activity quietened.
            09:45 'Sky exploded'. The rays were so bright they affected the observer's night vision. Southern Cross almost lost in display. Glows, arcs, rays, rayed bands, varying colour and pulsations were all reported.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
                Intense activity for about 10 minutes. Many rays spanning about 100 of azimuth in S and reaching to 30 elevation. Reddish tinge.
                (S38.7 E178.0) - Gisborne, New Zealand
                Rays covering about 100 in azimuth and up to 30 to 40 elevation. 2nd magnitude starts were lost in the glow. For 10 minutes they were illuminating the ocean in the foreground.
                (S38.7 E178.0) - Gisborne, New Zealand
            09:50 A small ray seen through Scorpius.
                (S40.4 E175.8) - north Tararua Ranges, Wairarapa, New Zealand
            10:00 Then quietened down to glows and discrete rays for about 30 minutes.
            10:30 Just glows across 70 of azimuth in S to 10 elevation with occasional small rays reaching to 15 elevation.
                (S38.7 E178.0) - Gisborne, New Zealand
            10:55 to 11:10 Red, purple and green rayed folding band extending from E through S to W. Forms faded quickly to be replaced by others. Flaming. IBC 4.
                (S44.0 E171.6) - Hinds, mid-Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:58 'The heavens let rip.' Rays.
            11:02 Some rays reached to 60 elevation.
            11:18 The rays soon faded after this.
                (S41.1 E175.6) - Ahiaruhe, Wairarapa, New Zealand
            11:46 Two faint white (non-Sagittarius region of Milky Way intensity) patches at 160 to 200 az tending to develop into ray bundles. Even fainter by 11:55.
            12:05 Two more small patches, gradually moved E to W along the horizon at a rate of 5/minute. Never higher than 8 elevation.
            12:15 No aurora visible.
                (S33 E134) - Port Kenny, South Australia

November 09 10:26 to 10:46 Saw a sudden brightening in the SW to 40 elevation with two faint rays but then faded back to a faint glow.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            10:55 Pale green glow in S between cloud gaps, approximately 1 wide, IBC 4.
            10:57 Cloud cleared to show pale green glow 180 to 240 in az, elevation 10. IBC 4.
            11:18 Pale green glow with faint suggestion of numerous rays, 160 to 280 az, elevation 20. IBC 3.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand

November 10 08:00 to 10:00 Noted activity and then watched it as it spread to 30 north of the zenith. There were twisted rays and flaming rising from the horizon to the zenith in 0.4 second.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            08:35 to 08:55 Southern sky became quite bright to 40 elevation with some pink discernable. Two or three persistent rays until it clouded over.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            08:30 to 15:00 Glow, patches, rays to a high elevation moving sideways, both arcs and bands were rayed and the suggestion of a corona at one stage. IBC 4. Pulsations and flickering with flaming. Forms quickly changed.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand
            09:30 to 11:30 Yellow-green rayed bands and reddish and mauve rays and at one time a dazzling white corona.
                (S46.1 E169.4) - Forest Hill, Southland, New Zealand
            09:50 to 10:05 7/8 cloud and light rain. However, could see pale green glow E through S to W to at least the zenith. For a couple of minutes at 09:50 saw flickering white rays overhead; probably flaming brightening otherwise subvisual rays.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:00 to 10:50 Very bright, white with a touch of greenish-white, glow bright as full moon behind cloud. SE to SW, elevation 25. Broad rays ('pillars') in SW to 30 elevation.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:15 to 10:44 Mostly yellow, green and white with very little pink. Glow, Patches, rays to zenith, arc, rayed arc, folding bands and rayed bands. Pulsating, flickering, sideways movement of rays and forms changed rapidly. IBC 4.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            10:50 to 10:55 Glow pulsating and flickering very rapidly. Broad rays relatively static. Flaming.
                (S46.5 E168.4) - Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:30 Rays shot up brilliantly from almost due S. A few more were very bright to about 12 elevation and some yellow rays to the SW.
            NTR Glow and faint ray.
                (S32.5 ~E150) - Duns Creek, NSW, Australia

November 11 approx. 08:30 Pulsating glow and rayed band.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

November 18 12:09 Wide band in E which widened to the SE.
                (S46.4 E169.8) - Otekura, South Otago, New Zealand

November 29 09:07 to 09:17 The SW sky suddenly brightened with a few rays lasting 2 to 3 minutes before fading back to diffuse glow.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand