aurora australis

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

Definition of aurora australis

: an aurora that occurs in earth's southern hemisphere

called also southern lights

Examples of aurora australis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passing 133 icebergs, Ault may have seen the brilliant aurora australis reflect off the frozen surfaces, yet in darkness the Carnegie sometimes crept up to undetected bergs sailing within a mile before the crew noticed them near the ship. Kimberly Bowker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 The aurora borealis is over the north pole, and aurora australis is over the south. NBC News, 30 Oct. 2021 It’s official: a strong geomagnetic storm is in the forecast for this Saturday and Sunday, which means that Northern Lights (aka aurora borealis) as well as some Southern Lights (aurora australis) will extend further towards the equator than usual. Eric Mack, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 The southern lights, which are known as the aurora australis, can also be visible in far southern parts of the world. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2021 This buffeting generates shimmering, glowing curtains of color known as the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere's polar regions, and aurora australis in the south. Kenneth Chang, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 This buffeting generates shimmering, glowing curtains of color known as the aurora borealis in the Northern Hemisphere’s polar regions, and aurora australis in the south. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 30 June 2021 The southern lights, or aurora australis, were going strong last night as a geomagnectic storm continued. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Aurora are a natural sky phenomenon seen near the Arctic Circle (aurora borealis or northern lights) and Antarctic Circle (aurora australis or southern lights). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of aurora australis

circa 1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurora australis

New Latin, literally, southern dawn

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“Aurora australis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aurora%20australis. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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