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How do we determine what's in the core of stars/planets?

  1. Jan 27, 2007 #1
    I tried searching but I must've done something wrong, so...

    How do we determine what material is at the core of a planet? Do certain metals emit something we can detect?

    I really don't know how to phrase this in an intelligent way, so please bear with me. :biggrin:
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  3. Jan 27, 2007 #2


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    This is an abstract of Determining Core Properties From a Planet's Magnetic Field Morphology
  4. Feb 4, 2007 #3
    So that's how they do it! I never thought of that. Nice abstract though, but I can't get to the full version.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2007
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