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

Examples of south pole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, to test this possibility, NASA crashed some hardware into a shady area near the Moon's south pole and found water vapor amidst the debris. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Water found in new locations on the Moon, may be trapped in glass," 26 Oct. 2020 Under the Trump administration’s Artemis plan, NASA is angling to send the first woman and the next man to the moon’s resource-rich south pole by 2024. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, "Can a Moon Base be Safe for Astronauts?," 22 Oct. 2020 In 2017, the agency announced the Artemis program, an initiative that aims to send robots and astronauts to the lunar south pole, and to establish a permanent moon base by the end of this decade. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, "How We Discovered Water on the Moon," 26 Oct. 2020 The lunar south pole in particular is believed to have reservoirs of potentially useful water in either ice or molecular form - though certainly not liquid. Author: Ben Guarino, Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, "Pair of studies confirm there is water on the moon," 26 Oct. 2020 Massive craters close to the lunar south pole include Shackleton Crater, which is several miles deep and about 13 miles across. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The moon may contain more water than previously believed," 26 Oct. 2020 While the south pole isn’t as radio-quiet as the farside, if an observatory was placed on the back of Malapert Mountain near the pole, it would also be protected from a lot of Earth’s radio interference. Daniel Oberhaus Supercluster, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Astronomers Want to Build a SETI Observatory on the Moon," 2 Oct. 2020 That’s what new research suggests around the Martian south pole. National Geographic, "Just how big is Everest?," 30 Sep. 2020 Water would need to be extremely briny to be a liquid at Mars’ south pole, which can reach negative 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Briny Underground Lakes May Be All That Remain of Martian Ocean," 30 Sep. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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