Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting and it’s happening fast.
The north magnetic pole is creeping across the Canadian arctic heading towards Siberia at a recent rate of 34 miles per year.
It prompted scientists to update the world magnetic model, which is used by militaries and in civilian navigation systems, a year early.
Magnetic poles actually move until they swap locations, meaning the magnetic north pole ends up at the geographic south pole.
This reverses Earth’s polarity, but it takes thousands of years for this to occur.
Scientists don’t expect a reversal to take place over the course of human life, but if it did, satellites, navigation, and communications could be impacted.