north pole


Definition of north pole

1a often capitalized N&P : the northernmost point of the earth broadly : the corresponding point of a celestial body (such as a planet)
b : the zenith of the heavens as viewed from the north terrestrial pole
2 of a magnet : the pole that points toward the north when the magnet is freely suspended

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The magnetic needle on a compass points to magnetic North, rather than to the true north pole. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Map and Compass," 19 July 2019 In recent months, new observations of Saturn and Titan have been made, including the aforementioned fresh rainfall, which caused a reflective feature near the north pole of the moon. Fox News, "Mysterious 'bathtub rings' around Titan's lakes could be made of 'alien crystals,' study says," 25 June 2019 The timing of Dragonfly’s arrival, in the mid-2030s during Titan’s long northern winter, ruled out a landing near the north pole, home to the moon’s evocative methane seas; those sites would leave it unable to radio home. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA will fly a billion-dollar quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s methane-rich moon," 27 June 2019 On that day, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, located at 23.5 degrees north and the Earth’s north pole is tilted furthest towards the sun. Leada Gore |,, "Summer Solstice 2019: It’s the first day of summer and the longest day of the year," 21 June 2019 Unlike the familiar ice found in your freezer or at the north pole, superionic ice is black and hot. Quanta Magazine, "Black, Hot Ice May Be Nature’s Most Common Form of Water," 8 May 2019 Early proposals from the agency also call for a charging station on the moon’s north pole, and Kilopower could fit the bill. John Wenz, Discover Magazine, "NASA's New Nuclear Reactor Could Change Space Exploration," 11 Feb. 2019 Overall, Saturn's atmosphere seems fairly static over time—even the surprising hexagon-shaped jet stream over the north pole has changed little, Cassini showed, since Voyager first sighted it. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017 That spacecraft landed at the north pole of Mars, studied the planet's water cycle, and even observed snowfall. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s how NASA will attempt to land on the Red Planet Monday," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of north pole

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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1 often capitalized N&P : the most northern point of the earth : the northern end of the earth's axis
2 : the end of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is free to swing

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