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Earth's magnetic field

  1. Mar 28, 2013 #1

    Buckethead

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    Does the Earth's magnetic field rotate with the Earth? I am figuring it's stationary as a magnet that rotates through it's pole to pole axis does not exhibit a rotating magnetic field so why should the Earth.
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2013 #2

    DrClaude

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    The Earth's magnetic field is not aligned with its rotation axis. The magnetic North and South poles are located at certain geographical points on the planet, and therefore there is a diurnal rotation of the magnetic field with respect to an outside observer.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2013 #3

    Buckethead

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    That slipped my mind that they were not aligned (even though I knew that). So are you saying that the magnetic field rotates and if so, do you know how fast it rotates and why?
     
  5. Mar 29, 2013 #4

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    The magnetic poles, and all other significant features of the field move around the rotation axis once per day. I think it is reasonable to say "the magnetic field rotates once per day", even if there is no clear general way to assign an angular velocity to a changing magnetic field.
     
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