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The Generation of Neptune's Magnetosphere

Magnetospheres are generated with 1.) magnetic materials and 2.) with movement of the magnetic material.

The Earth-like planets generate magnetospheres within the iron cores at their centers. However, Neptune has almost no iron core.

Neptune's magnetic field is created by movement in its icy shell.


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