northern lights

plural noun

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Recent Examples on the Web That could lead to the appearance of northern lights in Michigan's skies, especially farther north. Sarah Raza, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 In the 1930s, the police chief kept a list of people to awaken in case of northern lights. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 It's best known for its northern lights shows nowadays and has a population estimated to be around 2,400. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 5 Nov. 2021 Norway’s third-largest city is often skipped by tourists preferring the western fjords, city breaks in Oslo and Bergen, or a hunt for the northern lights. David Nikel, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The northern lights occur as an auroral oval around the North Pole at about 66-69° North latitudes—the Arctic Circle. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 2 June 2022 But nowadays, scientists have figured out more accurate ways to predict when and where the northern lights will appear. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2022 Midnight sun, northern lights, bumper snowfall, world's most northerly ski resort. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 The northern lights dance across the sky over Norway’s fjords. Jeff Campagna, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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