south pole


Definition of south pole

1a often capitalized S&P : the southernmost point of the earth
b : the zenith of the heavens as viewed from the south terrestrial pole
2 of a magnet : the pole that points toward the south

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But as greenhouse gases trap more heat, those columns of air are pushed farther toward the north and south poles. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Large parts of the globe have already passed a crucial climate threshold," 11 Sep. 2019 The Vikram lander is slated to land on the Moon’s south pole on September 7th. Loren Grush, The Verge, "India’s lunar mission enters the Moon’s orbit ahead of landing attempt," 20 Aug. 2019 Most previous lunar landers have touched down near the moon’s equator, but the south pole’s unexplored craters and ice deposits are of growing interest to scientists and explorers. Shashank Bengali,, "India’s first attempted moon landing heralds a new global space race," 14 July 2019 Magnets work because individual atoms can be thought of as mini-magnets, with north and south poles. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts," 5 July 2019 Millions watched Friday as India attempted to set its Vikram lander down near the moon’s south pole. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is It So Damn Hard to Land on the Moon?," 10 Sep. 2019 The moon is drier than any desert on Earth, so water makes the south pole an attractive location for future bases. The Christian Science Monitor, "Giving brushoffs the brushoff," 5 Sep. 2019 From there, the lander -- named Vikram, after the pioneer of the Indian space program Vikram Sarabhai -- will separate from the main vessel, and Friday (Saturday morning India time) will make its landing on the moon's surface near its south pole. Manveena Suri And Swati Gupta, CNN, "India's polar moon mission puts Chandrayaan-2 in the history books," 4 Sep. 2019 The mission is also enticing because of where Vikram is heading: the Moon’s south pole. Loren Grush, The Verge, "India’s lunar mission enters the Moon’s orbit ahead of landing attempt," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of south pole

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

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south pole

noun, often capitalized S&P

Kids Definition of south pole

1 : the most southern point of the earth : the southern end of the earth's axis
2 : the end of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is free to swing

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