Daily Illuminator

January 1, 2004: East Is East, And West Is West

, , , and never the twain shall meet, the saying goes. But you just can't be sure of anything anymore, as the north magnetic pole has been wandering around, as much as 40 kilometers a year.

So is your trusty compass about to become a useless artifact of camping trips gone by? And what do the Secret Masters have to do with this? Science@NASA doesn't try to answer those questions, but they do take a crack at explaining just what's going on.

-- Scott Haring

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