AURORA and SOLAR SECTION
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY of NEW ZEALAND
REPORTS OF AURORA AUSTRALIS SEEN DURING
2005 MAY

May 8 11:50 - 12:05 'Warm' white glow az 120 - 260, elev. 20. 50% obscured by clouds.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            15:04 Brilliant display 100 in az extent, peaking at around 14:00. Red colour was quite discernable.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand

May 15 NTR Very pale green glow amongst a diffuse arc to 10 elev. Sharp edge tolower side of arc contrasting markedly with dark sky above southern horizon.
                (S42.6 E171.0) - Hokitika, New Zealand
            06:25 - 06:40 Pink and green with long rays reaching the zenith.
                (S46.9 E168.1) - Half Moon Bay, Stewart Is, New Zealand
            06:30 - 07:30 Pink and blue arc and rays and corona formed from rays from southern horizon. Patches in E formed arcs right across to the W horizon.
                (S45.0 E169.1) - Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand
            06:45 - 07:00 Deep pink patch about 2020, IBC 4, over Canis major. Pale green glow, IBC 2, E to W to elev. 150 (ie. to 30 above NW horizon). Some rays seen in cloud gaps. Most of the aurora was seen through cloud which allowed only a few of the brightest stars to show through. The pink patch faded after about 10 minutes.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            07:00 - 07:10 Very bright, past the zenith. Great shafts of light completely obliterating Orion and the Southern Cross. Rays fromn SE and SW meeting to form a corona.
                (S44.9 E168.9) - Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand
            07:10 - 08:15 Pale green, almost translucent white, glow SW to WNW to 85 elev. Some movement detected.
                (S42.6 E171.0) - Kumara, New Zealand
            07:20 Amazing red section of aurora seen through then cloud gap to SW. While chasing cloud gaps for 2 hours did see a strong glow in S reaching elev of 65.
                (S39.6 E177.0) - Hastings, New Zealand
            07:35 - 10:00 Despite storm clouds being ominmous, noted an auroral arc right overhead. Some faint rays were present and some streaks of red. By 10:00 the aurora had receded to the south as a strong light green glow IBC 4.
                (S45.1 E171.0) - Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand
            08:30 Aurora visible to the zenith with some rays coming from the E across the Moon. One, blue green and lasting about 10 minutes, easily outshone the Moon; unbelievable!
                (S44.2 E171.2) - Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand
            08:55 Small red glow hour after sunset.
            09:00 Brighter red-white patches in which rays started to develop up to 40 elev. Very strong green patch 2 wide elev., 20 towards E. Spread in az width from 160 to 200 over next 20 minutes.
            09:20 Green patch; wider (20) but fainter and in similar position as before.
                (S33 E134) - Pt Kenny, South Australia
            09:23 Faint glow to about 20 but it was rather cloudy. Just a hint of pink in some rays.
                (S31.3 E151.1) - Loomberah, New South Wales, Australia
            09:25 Aurora fading.
                (S33 E134) - Pt Kenny, South Australia
            09:45 - 10:30 quite a bright glow visible from behind cloud in the S.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand
            10:00 Jupiter was almost dimmed by the glow. The entire sky was a brilliant green below the zenith. Magenta tinges and patches came and went and rays shot up all over the place.
                (S44.2 E171.2) - Temuka, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:05 No definite glow.
                (S33 E134) - Pt Kenny, South Australia
            11:00 - 14:00 Glow along S horizon grew from 5 to 20 elev. before subsiding.
                (S41.1 E175.6) - Ahiaruhe, Wairarapa, New Zealand
            14:00 After moonset: no glow.
                (S33 E134) - Pt Kenny, South Australia

May 16 09:50 - 09:55 Faint glow az 120 to 240, 10 elev., silhouetting clouds along S horizon.
                (S46.4 E168.3) - Otatara, Invercargill, New Zealand

May 30 NTR Bright pale greenish-white glow along S horizon. At time rays elevated to between 5 and 10. Southern Alps in sharp contrast against glow.
                (S42.6 E171.0) - Hokitika, New Zealand
            08:00 - 12:00 Low stable green aurora extending 100 in az and about 15 elev.
                (S44.0 E170.5) - Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
            10:00 Aurora spotted.
            10:45 Green glow and arc visible along about 120 of az.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand
            11:23 Very bright aurora, IBC 4. A rayed band low on the horizon.
            11:24 Rays got higher.
            11:25 The band folded and rays were higherin places, such as the S.
            11:26 Faint pink in SSE.
            11:27 Slight movement from horizon to zenith (flaming) with three bright patches and another band above the original one.
            11:28 Less bright but faint rays still came and went reaching to above the bands.
            11:29 Rays stopped, leaving a band and arc.
            11:30 Only one low arc left and a few rays.
                (S45.9 E170.5) - Dunedin, New Zealand