Why the North Pole Is Really a South Pole (and Vice Versa)

by Jason Major on August 16, 2013

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If you go out hiking this weekend and somehow find yourself hopelessly lost in the wilderness, but suddenly remember you have a compass with you, you can use it to find north because the needle always points towards the Earth’s geographic north pole, which never changes… right?

Wrong, wrong, and wrong. And this video from MinutePhysics explains why.

(But still bring a compass with you. They do come in handy.)

See more videos from MinutePhysics here.


A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

Jeffrey Scott Boerst August 19, 2013 at 7:20 AM

I love these bits!

Prism2Spectrum August 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Gave me a chuckle, while being graphically enlightened. Clever.

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