The Earth behaves like a huge bar magnet, with a north and south magnetic pole.
At the moment the north pole of the Earth's magnet is actually near the south geographic pole.
It’s not always like that though - every few thousand years the Earth's magnet flips around - one day your compass needle will point south!
Learn more about the Earth’s magnetic field and how it shields us from the Sun’s harmful effects in Ros’s section ‘the Earth under attack’.
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