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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To get around that problem, China’s space agency had to launch a relay satellite back in May. Chang’e-4 will touch down—probably some time in early January—in the Von Kármán crater in the moon’s southern hemisphere. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China's Rover Is on Its Way to the Far Side of the Moon," 10 Dec. 2018 After engineers discovered an issue with the rocket's motor controller, the company stood down its launch attempt this summer (winter in the southern hemisphere, where Rocket Lab launches from New Zealand). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Lab delays its third launch again but plans back-to-back flights," 6 Aug. 2018 On Mars, this period closely corresponds to the arrival of fall (May 22) and winter (Oct. 16) in the planet's northern hemisphere, and to spring and summer in its southern hemisphere. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Mars Makes Its Closest Approach in 15 Years This Summer: How to See It," 29 May 2018 On July 13, parts of Australia and Antarctica in the southern Hemisphere will enjoy a partial solar eclipse, with the moon passing between Earth and the sun. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mars in opposition highlight of July's night sky," 3 July 2018 This is the same (or opposite?) for those in the southern hemisphere. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Summer solstice: What is it and why does it happen?," 20 June 2018 In the southern hemisphere, the solstices are reversed. Tom Metcalfe /, NBC News, "What is the summer solstice?," 20 June 2018 Seasonal peaks were detected in late summer in the northern hemisphere and late winter in the southern hemisphere. Marcia Dunn, chicagotribune.com, "New Mars discoveries in ancient lakebed advance case for possible life," 7 June 2018 The polar caps appear to be mostly nitrogen ices. with more methane concentrated in the southern hemisphere. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What We Know About Pluto So Far," 17 July 2015

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1652, in the meaning defined above

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