Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Magnetic pole moving faster - Update

NASA has released a nifty graphic showing the rapidly moving north pole. The data covers 1965 to the present.
Earth’s churning interior creates a magnetic field that keeps us safe from the radiation of space. Our magnetic north pole drifts about 9.3 miles (15 km) per year.

Beginning in 2014, the pole has moved an average of 34 miles (55 km) each year.

A geomagnetic reversal is a change in a planet's magnetic field. Magnetic north and magnetic south are interchanged.
Reversals are statistically random, with some periods lasting as little as 200 years. There have been 183 reversals over the last 83 million years. The latest occurred 780,000 years ago, and may have happened very quickly, within a human lifetime.