The Giant Planets

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

Abstract

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 http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/.

Keywords

Methane Dust Convection Mercury Helium 

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  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 1
  • William J. F. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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