aurora borealis

noun
aurora bo·​re·​al·​is | \ -ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs How to pronounce aurora borealis (audio) \

Definition of aurora borealis

: an aurora that occurs in earth's northern hemisphere

called also northern lights

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That magnetic outburst created aurora borealis visible all around the Earth and blew out some telegraph systems, while generating enough voltage to allow other lines to operate with their power switched off. Quanta Magazine, "Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos," 18 Apr. 2018 Over the weekend, residents of far northern Norway got to see the aurora borealis in the skies above their home. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Created Artificial Auroras in the Sky Above Norway," 9 Apr. 2019 What makes this phenomenon different from the aurora borealis is how it's formed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Meet STEVE: The Light Phenomenon That's Not Aurora Borealis," 22 Aug. 2018 The predicted magnetic storm could push the aurora borealis to lower latitudes, raising the possibility its eerie streamers would slither over the skies in New York, Wisconsin, or Washington State. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep on Chasing the Northern Lights," 25 Mar. 2019 Inspired by the iridescent colors of the aurora borealis, Chantecaille’s new celestial polishes ensure out-of-this-world nails, free of harsh chemicals and formaldehydes, too. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Beauty Products Worth the Hype in 2019," 9 Jan. 2019 Under a sky frequently illuminated by aurora borealis, visitors can set off by sea to watch whales, or across the tundra to visit the indigenous Sami people and attempt to endear themselves to reindeer. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 And the strength of the storm meant that places where aurora borealis is more commonly seen simply exploded with unimaginable color. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "23 Unbelievably Stunning Photos of the Northern Lights From Tuesday's Solar Storm," 18 Mar. 2015 The route is lit by torches and, occasionally, but no promises, the aurora borealis. Rachel Levin, WSJ, "The Toughest Half-Marathon You’ll Want to Plan a Trip Around," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of aurora borealis

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aurora borealis

New Latin, literally, northern dawn

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aurora borealis

noun
au·​ro·​ra bo·​re·​al·​is | \ ə-ˌrȯr-ə-ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs How to pronounce aurora borealis (audio) \

Kids Definition of aurora borealis

: broad bands of light that have a magnetic and electrical source and that appear in the sky at night especially in the arctic regions

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