southern lights

plural noun

Definition of southern lights

Examples of southern lights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Earth, this plays out as the northern and southern lights. NBC News, 8 July 2021 Earth’s northern and southern lights aren’t yet completely understood, but the basics are clear. Quanta Magazine, 22 June 2021 Now two papers have conclusively revealed where all that heat is coming from: Jupiter and Saturn’s northern and southern lights — their auroras. Quanta Magazine, 22 June 2021 The southern lights, or aurora australis, were going strong last night as a geomagnectic storm continued. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 Aurora are a natural sky phenomenon seen near the Arctic Circle (aurora borealis or northern lights) and Antarctic Circle (aurora australis or southern lights). Jamie Carter, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile watch this space for updates on how and where to look for resulting northern or southern lights in the sky as our star stays unsettled. Eric Mack, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Northern lights tend to be called the aurora borealis and southern lights the aurora australis. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Most of us will never get to see the northern or southern lights in person. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of southern lights

1773, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2021

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“Southern lights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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