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Re: Jupiter's magnetic fields

"for most astronomers a 'metal' is anything with atomic number greater than 2. E.g. nitrogen, chlorine, etc."

If that is the case then astronomers need to head back to school and learn some chemistry. Metals are electron donors which can share valence electrons between other metallic atoms in a mobile electron cloud which is why they can conduct electricity. Neither nitrogen nor chlorine is a metal.

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