Science Could Earth's magnetic poles suddenly flip? (+video)

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.