northern lights

plural noun

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The northern lights sometimes danced on the horizon. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘The Property’: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning," 24 Sep. 2018 Northern Minnesota was treated to a similar showing of the northern lights on Tuesday, as well. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "There's Another Chance to See the Northern Lights Tonight," 11 Apr. 2018 The photography, with its steely northern light, is classic Nordic noir. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Which of These New TV International Thrillers Should You Binge?," 30 Aug. 2018 At night, the golden day gave way to spectacular northern lights. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day," 8 June 2018 Many set out to explore nature’s mysteries, from the northern lights to the ocean’s depths. Vogue, "From Ana Khouri to Tasaki, A Survey of Couture Week’s Coolest Jewels," 9 July 2018 Still, the surprise of dropping out of an airplane against a backdrop of flak and northern lights was a twinkle of promise — a sign that Battlefield is at a turning point. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "After 16 years of war, Battlefield V is a turning point," 29 June 2018 Truly bold visitors head up in winter to behold the northern lights. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "8 European Beach Vacations That’ll Make Your Instagram Friends Jealous," 28 June 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

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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