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The magnetic north pole is wandering

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In this July 23, 2017, file photo the midnight sun shines across sea ice along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

True north isn't quite where it used to be.

The magnetic north pole has been moving so fast that scientists on Monday released an update of where true north really was, nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Earth's north magnetic pole is wandering about 55 kilometers a year.

It crossed the international date line at the end of 2017. It's leaving the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia.

The shifting magnetic pole is a problem for compasses. Planes and boats also rely on magnetic north usually as backup navigation.

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