Who Invented the Magnetic Compass?

A compass, by PHIL CARRICK (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

For ancient explorers, sailors, and navigators, knowing which way to go was a challenge. The very first sailors used the sun and the stars to help them find their way to their destination and back again but sometimes the sun and the stars aren’t visible. Clouds happen. Many a sea voyage was stymied because of cloudy weather. The magnetic compass changed all that…and it changed the world. But do you know who invented the compass?