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Does the Earth position in the galaxy or solar system affect the orientation of the magnetic axis?

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean? Are you asking if there is a correlation between the location of Earth's magnetic pole and the position of Earth (as part of the solar system) in the galaxy? $\endgroup$ – Gimelist Dec 9 '16 at 4:37
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    $\begingroup$ In addition to Michael's query, are you suggesting that Earth's axis of spin is related to the location of the magnetic poles? $\endgroup$ – Fred Dec 9 '16 at 12:33
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    $\begingroup$ @Muze the iron core does not flip during a geomagnetic reversal. Also, geomagnetic reversal events are (almost) random and do not correlate with the position of the Earth in the galaxy or in the solar system. $\endgroup$ – Gimelist Dec 10 '16 at 6:52
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    $\begingroup$ I edited the question for re-opening, because I think there is a core a good question in there that I would like to know the answer to as well. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Dec 14 '16 at 2:20
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    $\begingroup$ I think with the edit, the question is now clear, but the answer is (to the best of my knowledge) a hard no for the reasons that @Michael says. The Earth's orbital position is a fair bit like clockwork. Earth's magnetic flips are quite chaotic. There could be a loose correlation, related to variations in Earth's orbital speed which vary somewhat with the rise and fall of ice ages, which are correlated to orbital cycles, but that's a bit of a guess on my part, and a loose relation not a neat one. $\endgroup$ – userLTK Dec 15 '16 at 13:23