southern lights

plural noun

Definition of southern lights

Examples of southern lights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter's northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. CBS News, 22 Aug. 2022 The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Aug. 2022 The James Webb Space Telescope took the photos in July, capturing unprecedented views of Jupiter’s northern and southern lights, and swirling polar haze. Marcia Dunn, Orlando Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 But the more intriguing effect could be how the storm lights up the sky, as in northern lights and southern lights, depending on your hemisphere of choice. Eric Mack, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 The resulting interactions between the particles and a layer of the upper atmosphere, called the thermosphere, create the famous northern and southern lights. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 Earth’s northern and southern lights—the result of a rendezvous between magnetic fields, energized particles from the Sun, and our planet’s atmospheric admixture—are wondrous spectacles. Robin Andrews, Wired, 22 Feb. 2022 The busy season for sunspots is beginning, meaning more opportunities to see the northern and southern lights, which Murtagh says should peak between 2023 and 2028. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 That’s what happened in 1770 when the legendary Captain James Cook recorded seeing the southern lights from his HMS Bark Endeavour when 9º south of the equator at Timor Island—and for nine successive nights. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of southern lights

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of southern lights was in 1773

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7 Sep 2022

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“Southern lights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southern%20lights. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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