By Andre Mitchell | November 8, 2015
Do not be surprised if one day, compasses will point to the south by default instead of the north.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed that the Earth’s magnetic fields are headed towards a complete reversal—a rare event believed to have once caused the wiping out of the Neanderthal species.
Principal investigator Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado made this announcement recently while discussing how NASA believes Mars lost its once thick atmosphere, and consequently, its ability to sustain life.
Jakoksy warned that once the Earth’s magnetic fields switch, the planet will somewhat lose its protection against the Sun’s dangerous radiation.
“When the polar shift happens the Earth will have no magnetic field for about 200 years,” he explained.
The researcher added that the Earth will be more vulnerable to solar flares, which cause interruptions to communication devices and may have stripped off Mars’ atmosphere.
Jakoksy nevertheless assured that the Earth will not reach the point that it can no longer sustain life following the switching of the magnetic fields.
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