# Does the Moon's magnetic field affect Earth's magnetic field?

I wanted to ask a question; it's simple but I cannot find any possible and perfect solution.

Earth has poles, North and South. By which we can get directions using a compass or a needle compass, but that's not the concern.

My Question:

Would the Moon cause a change in the magnetic field of Earth when they are interpassing or colliding with each other, as the Moon does come between the magnetic path of the Earth.

So would the Moon's magnetic field affect the Earth's magnetic field, just as its gravitational pull affects Earth's gravitational pull for oceans?

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So would the Moon's magnetic field affect the Earth's magnetic field, just as its gravitational pull affects Earth's gravitational pull for oceans?

Yes, but only slightly. Firstly, magnetic fields can superimpose, so the field at any point is the sum of the field due to the Earth and the field due to the moon.

However, the moon is rather far away (and has a weak magnetic pole strength), so the magnetic field due to the moon on Earth's surface is nearly negligible (magnetic field also decreases as an inverse-square law)

In addition, the magnetic field of the Moon may bolster or erode the Earth's field as magnets moving relative to each other tend to either lose magnetization or become stronger. But this process has a negligible effect when we take the Moon and Earth.

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How does the moon even have a magnetic field? I thought you had to have a churning liquid core for that? – Scottie Nov 7 '14 at 23:32
@Scottie the moon does have a molten core, though it is not rotating anymore IIRC. However, it rotated in the past magnetizing the crust. – Manishearth Nov 8 '14 at 7:31
Dipole fields do not decrease as an inverse square law. The decrease will be steeper than $r^{-2}$. – Rob Jeffries May 16 at 15:37
Specifically, it goes as r^-3 – ThePopMachine May 18 at 18:25

As to date there is very little evidence of magnetic influence of the moon as Bouglar anomalies are capable of showing

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Hi, Colin, welcome to Astronomy. At the moment, this isn't too clear. Can you expand it a bit? – HDE 226868 Nov 7 '14 at 20:46

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