Ancient moon’s mega magnetic field explained

Reexamined Apollo samples reveal churning lunar interior generated magnetism

moon illustration

MOON MAGNET  The ancient moon generated a strong magnetic field for hundreds of millions of years, Apollo-era rocks show. In this illustration, the orange sphere represents the ancient moon’s hot core and the blue lines depict the magnetic field it generated.

Hernán Cañellas

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