southern lights

plural noun

Examples of southern lights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Southern hemisphere, the phenomenon is known as the aurora australis, or southern lights. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2024 Depending on the hemisphere, the aurora may go by a different name: aurora borealis, or northern lights in the Northern Hemisphere, and aurora australis, or the southern lights in the Southern Hemisphere. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 There’s a meteor shower, planet conjunction, and an above-average chance to see the northern or southern lights, not to mention an extra night for stargazing on leap day come Feb. 29. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 The same basic process produces the glow of neon signs and the northern and southern lights. IEEE Spectrum, 25 June 2018 The northern and southern lights, usually confined to the Arctic and Antarctica, have generated awe and wonder for centuries and continue to do so. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 Mar. 2023 The northern lights occur in the northern hemisphere, while the same phenomenon in the southern hemisphere is called the aurora australis, or the southern lights. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 The southern hemisphere has its own polar lights known as the southern lights, or aurora australis, which create their own dazzling display. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 8 July 2023 Upcoming missions to the space station Why the northern and southern lights appear to be so active right now The Crew-6 astronauts will also host two other key missions that will stop by the space station during their stay. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of southern lights was in 1773

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“Southern lights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southern%20lights. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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southern lights

noun plural
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