The Jovian Planets

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The Jovian Planets

The Jovian Planets are also called Gas Giants.

The Jovian Planets

The Jovian planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

They are composed primarily of gases, especially hydrogen and helium, and may have rocky cores.

Gas giants cannot form that close to a star because the star's gravity would capture all the gaseous material. Gas giants might form when a portion of that disk collapses all at once, forming a blob that takes on a spherical shape due to gravity.

Fun Fact:The atmosphere of Jovian planets constantly circulates through areas of high and low atmospheric pressure, which causes gigantic storms.

They have faster rotations than terrestrial planets, so they are more flattened at the poles. Jovian planets are also larger and less dense than other planets.

Citations"Gas Giant." UXL Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. Amy Hackney Brown and Elizabeth Manar. 3rd ed. Farmington Hills, MI: UXL, 2015. N. pag. Print."Jovian planets." The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. 7th ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. N. pag. Print.


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