‘Bug’ May Cause Some GPS Units to Malfunction On or After April 6

If you’re someone that relies on GPS then make a note of 6 April 2019 in your calendar. It’s the date that the GPS Week Rollover occurs, and this could cause some GPS receivers to malfunction. via zdnet: April sees the GPS network go through a mini “millennium bug” of its own because the week number will roll back to … Continue reading

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GPS Inaccuracy Caused by Earth Wobble Tackled by Kiwi Scientists

The ride might seem pretty smooth but the pull of the moon and the sun actually causes the earth to wobble as it heads around the sun and can throw GPS readings out. GPS relies on orbiting satellites but this wobble means they are not completely accurate. Currently, readings can be out by as much as 5 to 10 centimetres … Continue reading

Space Weather Might be to Blame for Frustrating GPS Screw-Ups

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington recently explained why wonky GPS directions are sometimes caused by solar wind, the same thing responsible for the Northern Lights. Making a wrong turn thanks to inept GPS directions is one of the most infuriating experiences while driving, but scientists at the University of Texas at Arlington reassure us that these screw-ups … Continue reading

The Entire Continent of Australia Sways (a Little) with the Weather… and it’s Measurable

Our planet does some weird stuff that escapes our notice simply because of scale. The Earth spins faster during an El Niño year—or after some earthquakes—but we’re never going to miss a millisecond here or there. It’s also easy to forget that the plates that make up the Earth’s crust are in constant motion, changing various locations incrementally. In fact, … Continue reading