Jovian planet


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Jovian planet

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One of the four gas giant planets in the solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, which have very large masses and are farther from the sun than the terrestrial planets. Also called outer planet.
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Noun1.Jovian planet - any of the four outermost planets in the solar system; much larger than Earth and gaseous in nature (like Jupiter)
major planet, planet - (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
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2015) Discovery and spec troscopy of the young Jovian planet 51 Eri b with the Gemini planet imager.
If the orbital period of the Jovian planet and the period of the lighter weight bodies ahead of it happen to relate to one another in simple whole-number multiples, then the gravitational interaction is enhanced.
This was the very first time that NASA captured the space probe that started going around the Jovian planet in 2004.
Ten million years is more than enough time to build a Jovian planet from itinerant gas and dust, notes Boss.
If our interpretation of this light curve is correct," wrote the researchers in the November 4, 1999, Nature, "it represents the first discovery of a planet orbiting a binary star system and the first detection of a Jovian planet via the gravitational microlensing technique.
One would expect that the Solar System as a whole or the many satellites of the Jovian planets would be a better test.
At our very next practice, while we orbited him, he casually chatted about the transits of Jovian planets.
The Rose Center separated the solar system by like properties, ultimately separately grouping the terrestrial planets and the Jovian planets (pp.
Based on our solar system, astronomers identify planets to be Jovian or terrestrial Jovian planets are giant gas planets.