northern hemisphere

variants: or Northern Hemisphere

Definition of northern hemisphere

: the half of the earth that lies north of the equator

Examples of northern hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Franklin rover would touch down in a region of Mars’s northern hemisphere called Oxia Planum. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 19 May 2022 The first full Moon of spring 2022 in the northern hemisphere also marked the middle of Ramadan 2022, and occurred the day before Easter 2022—both lunar festivals—yet its celestial significance goes much deeper than that. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 The northern hemisphere’s cold temperatures prevent dead biomass from breaking down, storing carbon for thousands of years deep in the permafrost. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The Parker Solar Probe's views aligned with topographical landmarks seen by the Magellan spacecraft, including the Tellus Regio plateau in the northern hemisphere of Venus and a continent-sized highland known as Aphrodite Terra. NBC News, 10 Feb. 2022 By Thursday when talks reached the OSCE, whose territory circumnavigates the northern hemisphere from Russia's easternmost frozen tundra to Alaska's icy western tip and where both Russia and Ukraine are members a diplomatic permafrost had formed. Nic Robertson, CNN, 15 Jan. 2022 The confusion comes amid escalating anxiety in the U.S. and abroad about the sufficiency and resiliency of gas supplies to stave off the coldest months of the northern hemisphere winter. Sergio Chapa,, 13 Jan. 2022 But in early January, Leonard will disappear from view for residents of the northern hemisphere. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2021 Several European nations are also on the list as Thailand, one of the region's most popular destinations, looks to capitalize on northern hemisphere visitors aiming to escape the winter blues. NBC News, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of northern hemisphere

1646, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

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“Northern hemisphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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