Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 119–128 | Cite as

Gravitational potential energy of the major planets

  • Milan Burša
  • Ondřejka Hovorková


Gravitational potential energy of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune has been computed on the basis of density models and compared. It has been stated that the specific potential energy per unit mass does not differ significantly.


Potential Energy Unit Mass Gravitational Potential Density Model Gravitational Potential Energy 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Milan Burša
    • 1
  • Ondřejka Hovorková
    • 2
  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteCzech Acad. Sci.Prague
  2. 2.University of New BrunswickCanada

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