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The Jovian Planets Far beyond Earth in the solar nebula lies an ice belt and beyond that lay the four Jovian planets They are Jupiter Saturn Uranus and Neptune Jovian means Jupiter- like in which the rest of the jovian planets do coincide with the name Uranus Neptune and Saturn all carry the same traits as Jupiter The jovian planets are large gas giants that contain mainly a thick atmosphere of Hydrogen and helium These planets do not have solid surfaces rather they just get denser with depth They contain high mass and are usually anywhere from 15 to 318 times the mass of earth They also contain many satellites and the gravity is much stronger than that of earth The jovian planets inner structure probably consists of a rocky core of metals water ammonia and methane Usually these cores are about the same size as earth possibly a little larger It is also possible that Uranus and Neptunes core is a liquid instead of a solid The Jovian planets also have about the same rotational characteristics and all have rings around them Jupiter the first of the jovian planets reigns supreme throughout the solar system Named after the Roman god Jove the ruler of Olympus Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and is also the largest planet in the Earths solar system It is 318 times more massive than Earth and is two thirds of the planetary mass in the solar system Jupiters surface unlike earth is gaseous and not a solid It is about 90 hydrogen and 10 helium with traces of methane ammonia water and rock Jupiters interior is very similar to the Suns interior but with a far lower temperature However it is still unknown but Jupiter is believed to have a core of liquid metallic hydrogen This exotic element can only be achieved at pressure greater than 4 million bars Jupiter radiates more energy in
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