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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Then in 2009, NASA further confirmed that water was there after slamming its LCROSS spacecraft into a crater on the Moon’s south pole. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon," 18 Sep. 2018 The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that the ice near the moon's south pole is mostly contained in lunar craters like Haworth, Shoemaker, Sverdrup, and Shackleton. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Find Direct Evidence of Water Ice on the Lunar Surface," 21 Aug. 2018 Yes, the North Pole of the Earth is the south pole of the Earth's magnet. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 Vesta is also known for having one of the tallest peaks ever seen by humans, a 13-mile high mountain that stands on its south pole. Fox News, "'Monster' asteroid 4 times than the UK is so close to Earth you can see it - and here's how," 27 June 2018 Earth’s rotational axis — the imaginary line through our planet’s center and the geographic north and south poles — isn’t exactly at a right angle to the path of its orbit around the sun. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "What is the summer solstice?," 20 June 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 The icebergs and the frozen caps in the north and south poles are melting and sea levels are going to rise. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Miami's condo king breaks silence on sea level rise comment: 'Maybe I had too many drinks'," 31 May 2018 Scientists have suspected since 2012 that Europa might harbor plumes, after the Hubble Space Telescope observed water vapor spouting above the moon's frigid south pole. Sarah Kaplan,, "Scientists discover new evidence for plumes on Europa, a target in the search for life," 14 May 2018

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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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