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(Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) another name for aurora australis
auro′ra aus•tra′lis (ɔˈstreɪ lɪs)
the aurora of the Southern Hemisphere. Also called southern lights.
[1735–45; < New Latin: southern aurora; see austral1]
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pl → Südlicht nt
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The last time such a solar event happened was September 1859, causing the northern and southern lights or aurorae to be visible around the world and resulting in telegraph malfunctions as it sparked and caught fire and operators received electrical shocks.
He said: "In the modern world we live in, our communications revolve largely around satellites and a small part of Halley's science helps predict cosmic weather, like the Southern Lights, which can knock satellites out.
It is when such a mass crashes into the Earth's magnetic field that the Northern and Southern Lights occur.
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