aurora australis

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 The green glow that covered the sky Monday evening above residents of Hobart in the Australian island of Tasmania is known as the aurora australis, or the southern lights. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A stunning aurora light show turned the sky green for some Australians stuck at home," 21 Apr. 2020 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

circa 1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurora australis

New Latin, literally, southern dawn

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“Aurora australis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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