Science Could Earth's magnetic poles suddenly flip?

Scientists have found that the most recent reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles took only about 100 years. What's more, our planet's magnetic fields appear to be weakening, suggesting a flip is on its way.

By , LiveScience Staff Writer

UC Berkeley

A pilot looking down at her plane controls and realizing magnetic north is hovering somewhere over Antarctica may sound like a scene from a science-fiction movie, but new research suggests the idea isn't so far-fetched in the relatively near future.