northern lights

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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 Take a look at northern lights photos from across the state. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Northern lights dance across Michigan sky," 20 Apr. 2018 In spring and winter, visitors can watch for the northern lights while warming up at Chena Hot Springs, a natural hot spring resort 60 miles outside the city. Kirsten Swann, Anchorage Daily News, "Exploring Fairbanks, the golden heart of Alaska," 3 May 2018 Go to Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota for a spectacular northern lights show. David Caraccio, sacbee, "See Top 10 best features of our national parks system in 1 minute | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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