Before the invention era people while traveling never had any such tools to figure out their locations but sun and moon. However, after the invention of an inexpensive tool “Compass” that can be made from scratch has really helped mankind. Specially traveling over sea has been made much easier by compass. Just imagine you are traveling over a ship or boat and get yourself stuck in between and you see water everywhere, this is where compass has made it easy to configure your location.
Even today with most advanced GPS satellites and other high-tech navigational aids, the compass has its own worth. Since, it is the low cost tool ever made in its purpose. A compass is just a simple device and using is also very simple. If we see the construction of a compass it consists of a small lightweight magnet balanced on a frictionless pivot point. The needle is definitely magnetic and one side is labeled as “N” for north or colored as well. The other is also labeled in the same way as “S” for south and that is all a compass made of. You see how simple it is and with the movement of that needle we can figure out the location wherever you are.
A compass is a very simple device that can easily be used to know your location. Compass always show the North Pole and earth has gigantic magnet inside that helps it work and show the direction. Therefore, finding sides like north or south is not a difficult task. This simple device has made it a lot easier to confirm your location.
A compass points to north since it has two poles north pole and South Pole. The North Pole magnet is attracted to the South Pole magnet you must have seen this demonstration in your childhood school labs by a pair simple bars of magnet or refrigerator magnets as well that pushed end to end. The earth is also a magnet that can interact with other magnets in a way so that north end of a compass is drawn to align with the earth’s magnetic field. Since the north pole of earth also attracts north ends of other magnets then it is technically South Pole of our planet’s magnetic field.