Compasses to point true north for first time in 360 years

At some point over the next two weeks, compasses at Greenwich will point true north for the first time in about 360 years.

And for some parts of the UK, this may not happen for another 20 years. Either way, it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The angle a compass needle makes between true north and magnetic north is called declination. As the magnetic field changes all the time, so does declination at any given location.

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1 Response to Compasses to point true north for first time in 360 years

  1. lenrosen4 says:

    It has been interesting to watch how the north magnetic pole has gone wandering at an accelerated rate in the last few decades. I wrote about this back in January of this year. See https://www.21stcentech.com/earths-north-magnetic-pole-wandering-scientists-discern/
    I wonder how many people still have a compass at home to experience the phenomenon of true north aligning with compass north?

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