When Galileo met Ganymede

  title={When Galileo met Ganymede},
  author={David J. Stevenson},
  • D. Stevenson
  • Published 12 December 1996
  • Physics, Geology, Education
  • Nature
Jupiter's satellite Ganymede has a magnetic field. Its cause could be an internal dynamo that was kick-started a billion years ago when the satellite was temporarily pushed into a more eccentric orbit. 

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