The following is proof that "aurora borealis" is an alternative term for "northern lights" and the beginnings of an etymology that one can expand on before adding to the entry. There is also an interesting fact at the bottom related to Aurora Sinistra.
"In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Galileo in 1619" (quote from the wikipedia link in the article)
Onelook list of dictionaries referring to aurora borealis 
-aurora (from) ausosa (from) ausos, hausos, aeusos, haeusos (Greek) (from) ushas (Sanskrit)=dawn, east;
-ausos, hausos, aeusos, haeusos=to shine, dawn;
-eos (from) ausos, hausos;
North=Left related to Aurora Sinitra
“North” comes from the Proto-Indo-European language (the hypothetical, reconstructed ancestor language of the Indo-European languages) base ner-, (“left”), as north is to the left when you face the rising sun."  (Vaudree (talk) 17:40, February 27, 2016 (UTC))