northern lights

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n northern lights the aurora of the northern hemisphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Northern lights See Aurora borealis, under Aurora.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Northern lights aurora borealis
    • Northern lights the aurora borealis (q.v.)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. north; cf. Ger. nord.

Usage

In literature:

It was like a display of Northern Lights, only nearer and even more brilliant.
"The Boy Scouts on the Trail" by George Durston
Never to see her light shine down on him through the northern gap in the pines at night!
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Northern Light, 1,747-91/95 tons.
"Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post" by Thomas Rainey
Overhead the Northern lights flung their ragged pennons across the zenith, with a ghostly echo of rustling.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Something like northern lights, they glinted and gleamed, wrestled and writhed.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
It was like nothing so much as the phantasmagoric play of the northern lights.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
There are some advantages of this northern summer which have presented themselves to me in rather a grotesque light.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
As yet there were no signs of light in the castle windows, except the lurid reflections of the northern sky.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
The lights on the northern bank had increased to a half dozen and were much larger.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He walked slowly up the hill, watching the golden streamers of the northern lights streaking across the sky.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
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In poetry:

And as leaping flame
Burn the Northern lights,
On the darkness gleam
Through the silent nights.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Down on the green path by the running water?
Or the small daisies lit
With light of the white northern stars
In dark skies set?
"Happiness" by John Freeman
For revealing wholly
All things fine and holy—
As in sunshine birds are soaring slowly,
Or, their spells transmitting,
Northern Lights are flitting,—
None but maiden-hands are fitting.
"To Erika Lie" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
These didst thou sing of, spirit of delight!
From thy own radiant sky, thou quivering spark!
These thy sweet southern dreams of warmth and light,
Through the grim northern winter drear and dark.
"Lament Of A Mocking-Bird" by Frances Anne Kemble
A smile that hovers round a mouth beloved,
Like the faint pulsing of the Northern Light,
And grows in silence to an amber dawn
Born in the sweetest depths of trustful eyes,
Is dearer to the soul than sun or star.
"Dulciora" by Henry Van Dyke
Go not away, thou weary soul:
Heaven has in store a precious dole
Here on Bethsaida's cold and darksome height,
Where over rocks and sands arise
Proud Sirion in the northern skies,
And Tabor's lonely peak, 'twixt thee and noonday light.
"Seventh Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

Much is being done about bringing the Northern Lights Express to Duluth.
Post Now, February 18: Northern lights in D.C.
Incredible photos of the northern lights in Michigan, Oct 24, 2011.
Fort McMurray, Canada, about 630 miles north of Jasper , is an ideal place from which to view the northern lights.
92ZEW Giveaways – Tickets to Jonathan Tyler / Northern Lights Concert.
The Soldotna volleyball team started Northern Lights Conference play with victories in Kodiak on Friday and Saturday.
The best thing about the Northern Lights .
We will call them our Northern Lights.
Science balloons fly to edge of northern lights .
Ken Buehler, chair of the technical advisory committee for Northern Lights Express, wants the community to know the passenger rail project is moving forward.
The Bemidji Aerials Optional level gymnasts competed in the Northern Lights Classic at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday.
These are pictures from different parts of the world of the Northern Lights .
Alaska Northern Lights from Solar Flares.
Alaska Northern Lights from the solar flares in early March.
Northern Lights Over Iceland.
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In science:

It is compelling that these model calculations rely on an axisymmetric field configuration instead of a non–axisymmetric one which could also explain the light curve by the non–alignement of the northern and southern hot spot.
Turning Points in the Evolution of Isolated Neutron Stars' Magnetic Fields
As there were no satisfactory explanation of the modulation and because very few Blazhko stars had extensive enough photometry, we initiated a survey of brighter (V < 14 mag at minimum light), short period (P < 0.5 d), fundamental mode RR Lyrae stars of the northern sky in 2004.
Studying Blazhko RR Lyrae stars with the 24-inch telescope of the Konkoly Observatory
This telescope saw first light at about the same time as the Palomar 200-inch (circa 1948). P48 undertook two ambitious and comprehensive Northern hemisphere sky surveys (POSS-I and POSS-2).
Cosmic Explosions (Optical Transients)
More events (preferably ×3 or more) in future, particularly in the northern hemisphere, are needed to conclude de finitively whether the composition stays light as the energy increases, or turns heavy as in the case of Auger in the southern hemisphere.
Measurement of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays: An Experimental Summary and Prospects
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