southern hemisphere

noun
variants: or Southern Hemisphere

Definition of southern hemisphere

: the part of the earth that lies south of the equator

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Similarly, many cultures in the southern hemisphere identify constellations that are actually made of the dark spaces between the stars, highlighting absence rather than presence. Simon Cropper, Quartz, "Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the stars?," 21 Aug. 2019 There would also be a 30 percent drop in precipitation the first few months after the war, but as the condition went on, the smoke would linger longer than previously thought, eventually making its way towards the southern hemisphere. Fox News, "'Nuclear winter' coming? Nuclear war between US and Russia would cause catastrophic event, study confirms," 21 Aug. 2019 On arrival in the southern hemisphere, Gabriela (naturally) immediately bumps into a very strapping Kiwi bachelor named Jake, played by Adam Demos (UnREAL). Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Christina Milian contends with goats and cute carpenters in Netflix's Falling Inn Love trailer," 14 Aug. 2019 The spot is located on Jupiter's southern hemisphere, located on its South Equatorial Belt. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, What's Up With Jupiter's Great Red Spot?," 12 Aug. 2019 China, India and Bangladesh could take care of the northern latitudes, but the southern hemisphere would require collaborators with the right capabilities in Africa, South America or Australasia. The Economist, "Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030," 4 July 2019 While about 15,000 southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) live in the waters of the southern hemisphere and just 400 North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) still swim along the coasts of North America and Europe. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Listen to the First Known Song of the North Pacific Right Whale," 24 June 2019 Chandrayaan-2, which will explore the Moon's southern hemisphere, will also be looking for the isotope helium-3, which could be mined for use in nuclear fusion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "India Is Going to the Moon in July," 13 June 2019 Jet streams are stronger in winter in the northern and southern hemispheres, because that's when air temperature differences that drive them tend to be most pronounced. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "The jet stream, explained," 8 Mar. 2019

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1652, in the meaning defined above

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