aurora borealis


aurora borealis
   (aw-ROH-rah boh-ray-AH-liss) [New Latin] The northern lights: great waves and streamers of colorful light seen at night in the northern sky at high latitudes. They are caused by the flow of solar particles from the Sun as they meet the forces near Earth’s magnetic poles.

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  • Aurora borealis — Aurora Au*ro ra, n.; pl. E. {Auroras}, L. (rarely used) {Auror[ae]}. [L. aurora, for ausosa, akin to Gr. ?, ?, dawn, Skr. ushas, and E. east.] 1. The rising light of the morning; the dawn of day; the redness of the sky just before the sun rises.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aurora borealis — bezeichnet: das Nord bzw. Polarlicht einen geplanten Forschungseisbrecher, siehe Aurora Borealis (Forschungsschiff) das 4. Klavierkonzert op. 130 des norwegischen Komponisten Geirr Tveitt eine norwegische Natursteinsorte (Migmatit) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aurora Borealis — bezeichnet: das Nord bzw. Polarlicht einen geplanten Forschungseisbrecher, siehe Aurora Borealis (Schiff) das 4. Klavierkonzert op. 130 des norwegischen Komponisten Geirr Tveitt eine norwegische Natursteinsorte (Migmatit) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • aurora borealis — 1620s, Northern Lights, lit. northern dawn, said to have been coined by French philosopher Petrus Gassendus (1592 1655) after a spectacular display seen in France Sept. 2, 1621; see AURORA (Cf. aurora) + BOREAL (Cf. boreal). In northern Scotland… …   Etymology dictionary

  • aurora borealis — [bôr΄ē al′is, bôr΄ē ā′lis] n. [L, lit., northern aurora: see AURORA1 & BOREAS] irregular, luminous phenomena, as streamers, visible at night in a zone surrounding the north magnetic pole and produced in the ionosphere when atomic particles strike …   English World dictionary

  • Aurora borealis — Aurora borealis, das Nordlicht …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Aurora borealis — šiaurės pašvaistė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. aurora borealis; northern light vok. Aurora borealis, f; Nordlicht, n rus. северное сияние, n pranc. aurore boréale, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • aurora borealis — šiaurės pašvaistė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. aurora borealis; northern light vok. Aurora borealis, f; Nordlicht, n rus. северное сияние, n pranc. aurore boréale, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Aurora Borealis —    Light radiated by atoms and ions in the ionosphere interacting with the planets gravitational field, usually seen at the magnetic North and South poles. Aurora Borealis is the aurora in the norhtern hemisphere, and Aurora Australis is the… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • Aurora borealis — Aurora; Nordlicht; Polarlicht …   Universal-Lexikon

  • aurora borealis — /bawr ee al is, ay lis, bohr /, Meteorol. the aurora of the Northern Hemisphere. Also called northern lights, aurora polaris. [1621; < NL: northern aurora; see BOREAL] * * * …   Universalium