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aurora borealis
1. The colored lights seen in the skies around the North Pole.

Caused by the interaction between the solar wind, the earth's magnetic field and the upper atmosphere.

A similar effect happens in the southern hemisphere where it is known as the aurora australis.

2. "Northern lights" or colored lights in the night sky near the earth's magnetic pole in the northern hemisphere of the earth.
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