NOAA Has Updated the North and South Magnetic Pole Locations

This image is only up to 2010 time-frame but you can see the history of the shift

Some Background: The Earth has several poles, not just two. It has geographic north and south poles, which are the points that mark the Earth’s axis of rotation. It also has magnetic north and south poles, based on the planet’s magnetic field. When you use a compass, it points to the magnetic north pole, not the geographic North Pole.

The magnetic North Pole moves in loops of up to 50 miles (80 km) per day. But its actual location, an average of all these loops, is also moving at around 25 miles a year [ref]. In the last 150 years, the pole has wandered a total of about 685 miles (1102 kilometers). The magnetic South Pole moves in a similar fashion.


The NOAA just updated the coordinates for the magnetic North, this new information is only result of the govt. reopening and the next report will be in 2020. It will be interesting to see where the poles end up then. For now here is the data for 2019:

170.875 86.543 2019.000
163.901 86.479 2020.000

Now Compare this to the 2015 estimates here:

175.346 86.448 2019.000
169.818 86.391 2020.000

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