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No matter where you stand on Earth
How Compasses Work

No matter where you stand on Earth, you can hold a compass in your hand and it will point toward the North Pole. What an unbelievably neat and amazing thing! Imagine that you are in the middle of the ocean, and you are looking all around you in every direction and all you can see is water, and it is overcast so you cannot see the sun. How in the world would you know which way to go unless you had a compass to tell you which way is "up"? Long before GPS Satellites and other high-tech navigational aids, the compass gave humans an easy and inexpensive way to orient themselves.

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Table of Contents:
› Introduction to How Compasses Work
The Basics
Creating Your Own Compass
Gyroscopic Compasses
How To Use