Is north really north?

24 December 2013



I'm an applied science student at Open University Australia, and I was wondering why magnetic north is not called south as a positive will repel another positive. When a needle is magnetised, it is repelled from the south and is attracted to the north. Is the world really upside down and is Australia really the land down under?

Many thanks

Stephen Hayes


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'Magnetic North' is so-called to distinguish it from True North. It does not describe the magnetic polarity at that point which, as you correctly say, is south.

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