aurora borealis

noun
aurora bo·​re·​al·​is | \-ˌbȯr-ē-ˈa-ləs \

Definition of aurora borealis 

: an aurora that occurs in earth's northern hemisphere

called also northern lights

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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 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. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos," 21 Apr. 2018 Aurora Lights is inspired by the magnetospheric phenomenon known as the aurora borealis (aka northern lights), which is made clear not only by the packaging artwork but by the 18 incredible colors inside. Marci Robin, Allure, "BH Cosmetics' New Aurora Lights Eye Shadow Palette Is Just $18 for 18 Shades," 8 June 2018 On Tuesday night, the Earth found itself in the midst of a strong geomagnetic storm, the result of which was a very rare blessing: sightings of aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, across America. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "23 Unbelievably Stunning Photos of the Northern Lights From Tuesday's Solar Storm," 18 Mar. 2015 Northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are created when space particles hit Earth's atmopshere. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Northern lights shine over Michigan's Mackinac Bridge," 8 May 2018 Night owls find that even the most popular spots, like those closer to the entrance, clear out after 7 p.m. August and September can also prove worthwhile for night hikers: That’s when the aurora borealis starts breaking through. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit," 22 Jan. 2018 In many case this comes down to the correct magnetic field, solar flux, or aurora borealis condition. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere," 12 Apr. 2018 People began spotting the aurora borealis on Monday night and continued to see them into Tuesday night. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "There's Another Chance to See the Northern Lights Tonight," 11 Apr. 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 \

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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