The Giant Planets

  • Eugene F. Milone
  • William J. F. Wilson
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


The giant planets contain the bulk of the angular momentum of the solar system and the dominant mass among the planets. The magnetosphere of the Jovian system dwarfs the Sun in size. Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune radiate considerably more energy than they receive from the Sun. The physical and orbital properties of the giant planets are summarized in Table 12.1 excerpted from Cox (2000), the 2012 Astronomical Almanac, Tholen et al. (2000), and other sources, including the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center website links at


Solar Wind Magnetic Field Line Giant Planet Magnetic Equator Jovian Magnetosphere 
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  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 1
  • William J. F. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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