Check your compass: The magnetic north pole is on the move

Published: Feb. 4, 2019 at 5:12 PM CST
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North isn't quite where it used to be.

The magnetic north pole has been moving so fast that scientists on Monday released an update of where it really was, nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Earth's north magnetic pole is wandering about 34 miles a year. It crossed the international date line at the end of 2017. It's leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia.

The shifting magnetic pole is a problem for compasses. Airplanes and boats also rely on magnetic north usually as backup navigation.

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