Aurora

Aurora

[aw-rawr-uh, aw-rohr-uh, uh-rawr-uh, uh-rohr-uh]
Aurora, in Roman religion and mythology: see Eos.
Aurora. 1 City (1990 pop. 222,103), Adams and Arapahoe counties, N central Colo., a growing suburb on the east side of Denver; inc. 1903. Founded during the silver boom of the 1890s, it is now a business and technical center and Colorado's third largest city. Manufactures includes furniture, aircraft fittings, electrical equipment, precision measurement instruments, magnesium products, computer software, and paper. Tourism and construction are also important. The former Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center is being converted to business and research use. 2 City (1990 pop. 99,581), Kane co., NE Ill., on the Fox River; inc. 1837. It has large railroad yards and a variety of manufactures, including paper and plastic products, rods and bearings, controls (thermostats), foods, and consumer goods. It was one of the first cities to use electricity for street lighting (1881). It is the seat of Aurora Univ. and of a notable historical museum. A riverboat casino opened in the city in 1993.

Luminous phenomenon of the upper atmosphere that occurs primarily at high latitudes. Auroras in the Northern Hemisphere are called aurora borealis, or northern lights; in the Southern Hemisphere they are called aurora australis, or southern lights. Auroras are caused by the interaction of energetic particles (electrons and protons) from outside the atmosphere with atoms of the upper atmosphere. Such interaction occurs in zones surrounding the Earth's magnetic poles. During periods of intense solar activity, auroras occasionally extend to the middle latitudes.

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Roman goddess of dawn. Her Greek counterpart was Eos. Hesiod described her as the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. She was the sister of Helios, the sun, and Selene, the moon. By the Titan Astraeus, she became the mother of the winds and of the evening star. In Greek mythology she was also represented as the lover of the hunters Cephalus and Orion.

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Aurora most commonly refers to:

  • Aurora (astronomy), a glow in the sky seen at polar latitudes, commonly referred to as the "northern lights" or the "southern lights"
  • Aurora (mythology), the goddess of the dawn in Roman mythology

Aurora may also be:

Arts

Literature

Music

Visual media

People

Places

Australia

Brazil

Canada

Guatemala

Italy

Philippines

South Africa

South Atlantic

Suriname

United States

Vanuatu

Educational facilities

Sciences

Biology

Computers

Space

Gemology

Vehicles and vessels

Aircraft and aerospace vehicles

  • Aurora (aircraft), a possible United States Air Force hypersonic spy plane
  • CP-140 Aurora, maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft of the Canadian Armed Forces

Automobiles

Marine

Railway locomotives

Others

See also

Aurore

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