The NOAA National Geophysical Data Center maintains a data set of annual magnetic north pole coordinates going back to the year 1590, derived from early measurements from ships logs to modern day techniques.

Noting that there has been lots of reporting of pole shift lately, to the point where the phenomenon is actually causing real-world issues such as temporary airport closures, a deeper investigation was in order.

After transferring 420 years of north pole position data from the NOAA Geo Data Center, configuring it to fit in an Excel spreadsheet, adding a complicated formula to determine exact distance between 2 sets of latitude-longitude coordinates, applying the formula to each data point in the series, and then finally plotting it all in a visual graph, *it is alarming to discover the amount of pole shift just over the past 10 to 20 years*.

Here is one very interesting fact…

**Since 1860, the magnetic pole shift has more than doubled every 50 years**. That is pretty significant.

Here is another very interesting fact…

**During the past 150 years, the pole shift has been in the same direction**.

The following fact is even more astonishing…

**During the past 10 years, the magnetic north pole has shifted nearly half of the total distance of the past 50 years!** In other words, the pole shift has apparently sped up substantially.