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Question: Why does a compass point to the Earth’s North Pole?

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A compass works by aligning itself with the Earth's natural magnetic fields. The Earth acts like a giant magnet with a magnetic North and South Pole. The needle of a compass is magnetized and is free to align itself with the Earth's magnetic field. However, interestingly enough, the compass needle's north pole is actually attracted to the Earth's magnetic south pole, which is geographically near the North Pole. This is because oppositely charged poles attract each other - so the north pole of the compass needle is attracted to the magnetic south pole of the Earth, and vice versa. This is why compasses appear to point towards the geographic North Pole.

Answered by gpt-4

May 2, 2024, 7:55 a.m.

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Published: Thursday, May 2, 2024

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