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Magnetic North Pole Shift – 2/7/19

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NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) has just announced Earth’s northern magnetic pole is shifting away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia. This movement has forced scientists to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) sooner than planned (a new WMM is released every 5 years, the next planned release was scheduled for the end of this year). Click here for more details on their website.

What does this mean for us, why is it important and what are the effects? The WMM is used by/for:

  • Undersea and aircraft navigation
  • Parachute deployment
  • NASA forsatellite/antenna tracking
  • Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic management
  • U.S. Forest Service for surveying and mapping
  • Compass apps, maps and GPS services
  • Airport runways