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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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 Science The Juno spacecraft has snapped the first photo ever of Jupiter’s north pole, revealing some intriguing surprises. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 July 2018 Alexander said that in a summer in Ohio, the north pole is pointing towards the sun and the south pole is tipped away. Madeline Mitchell,, "Summer solstice: What is it and why does it happen?," 20 June 2018 Take two bar magnets and bring their north poles together. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 The scientists found that the north pole hosted eight cyclones forming an octagon around a central storm. Amina Khan,, "Deep gas bands, shapely cyclones — NASA's Juno reveals more of Jupiter's secrets," 7 Mar. 2018 Shouldn't the north pole of the Earth's magnet be at the North Pole? Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 Inside the Article Circle — the area within roughly 25 degrees of the north pole — the sun never sets at this time of year. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "What is the summer solstice?," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of north pole

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

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Kids Definition of north pole

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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