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klaas4's avatar

Can you visit the Magnetic North?

Asked by klaas4 (2189points) January 6th, 2008

Always wondered. Or does it have too much radiation or something?

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jdvanderk's avatar

magnetic field != electromagnetic radiation

however, high energy particles from the sun/solar wind are redirected by the earth’s magnetic field toward the poles (this is what causes aurora effects. So there might be more highly charged particles hitting the earth at those points, which could be somewhat unsafe, im pretty sure that would not dissuade anyone from visiting it.

paulc's avatar

Magnetic north is in the southern hemisphere and its position changes from year to year. Of course you could visit it though I’m guessing you’d only have a large expanse of very cold water to see.

felipelavinz's avatar

According to Wikipedia, there have been several expeditions to visit the North Magnetic Pole; and, by the way, that same article says that as of 2005 it’s located in northern Canada, in the arthic ocean.

Sure, Wikipedia it’s not totally and perfectly accurate, so if someone knows better you might want to take a look at the North Magnetic Pole article and make the necessary corrections.

paulc's avatar

The Wikipedia article is correct but technically the names of the poles are reversed. My terminology is conventionally incorrect but the actual northern magnetic pole is what is referred to as the south magnetic pole (see the section named “Polarity”). You have no idea what kind of bedlam this caused in my physics class.

jdvanderk's avatar

The article distinguishes the two even more clearly by referring to the north magnetic pole (referring to the magnetic pole in the southern hemisphere) and the north geo magnetic pole (referring to the magnetic pole in the northern hemisphere). So the article is correct.

Shame for doubting Wikipedia! ;)

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