aurora australis

noun (1)
aurora aus·​tra·​lis | \ -ȯ-ˈstrā-ləs How to pronounce aurora australis (audio) , -ä-ˈstrā-\

Definition of aurora australis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an aurora that occurs in earth's southern hemisphere

called also southern lights

Corona Australis

noun (2)
Corona Aus·​tra·​lis | \ -ȯ-ˈstrā-ləs How to pronounce Corona Australis (audio) , -ä-\

Definition of Corona Australis (Entry 2 of 2)

: a southern constellation adjoining Sagittarius on the south

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Being the most southerly chunk of landmass on the planet, Antarctica is the quintessential spot for viewing the aurora australis in all its brilliant glory. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "The Best Places to See the Southern Lights," 29 July 2017 Here are four aurora australis hotspots for those looking for a southern celestial spectacle. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "The Best Places to See the Southern Lights," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of aurora australis

Noun (1)

circa 1734, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurora australis

Noun (1)

New Latin, literally, southern dawn

Noun (2)

borrowed from New Latin Corōna Austrālis (genitive Corōnae Austrālis), literally, "southern crown"

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