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 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, "Strong Auroras Likely All Weekend In Northern US States As Geomagnetic Storm Strikes On Equinox," 20 Mar. 2021 Although the latter can be glimpsed most easily between March and September south of New Zealand, the relative lack of landmass makes the aurora australis far more difficult to see that its near-identical northern counterpart. Jamie Carter, Forbes, "Northern Lights Likely This Week As Strongest ‘Solar Storm’ Yet In Sun’s Cycle Kicks-Off ‘Aurora Season’," 2 Mar. 2021 Salom says his life has been enriched by getting outside to hike, stargaze or watch the aurora australis (the southern sibling of the northern lights). Time, "We're in the Third Quarter of the Pandemic. Antarctic Researchers, Mars Simulation Scientists and Navy Submarine Officers Have Advice For How to Get Through It," 26 Feb. 2021 Our local star is entering the more active phase of its solar cycle, boosting the potential for both possible disruptions and awesome displays of the aurora borealis and aurora australis. Eric Mack, Forbes, "Sunspots, Solar Flares, Auroras: Space Weather Getting Spicy," 25 Feb. 2021 The southern lights are known as the aurora australis. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020 The southern lights are known as the aurora australis. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020 The southern lights are known as the aurora australis. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020 The southern lights are known as the aurora australis. Doyle Rice, The Enquirer, "Northern lights, known for glowing red and green colors, could be visible this week across northern US, Ohio," 11 Dec. 2020

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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 13 May. 2021.

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