giant planet


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giant planet

n
(Astronomy) any of the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, characterized by large mass, low density, and an extensive atmosphere
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The giant planet Jupiter and red planet Mars will be coming close to the moon on dawn sky on Thursday (January 11) with both planets to be at approximately four degrees from moon's southern centre.
A GIANT planet - the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely - has been discovered by University of Warwick researchers.
28 (Petra)- A spacecraft has skimmed the clouds of Jupiter in a record-breaking close approach to the giant planet.
Its main objective is to peer into the gas giant planet, giving scientists a much better idea of the internal structure of Jupiter and also how the Solar System formed 4.
ASTOUNDING evidence of a hidden giant planet on the fringes of the solar system has been uncovered by scientists using computer simulations.
ISLAMABAD -- A new secret planetary system that includes three super Earths and one outer giant planet has been discovered by astronomers at a distance of just 21 light years from Earth.
As Jupiter moved inward, however, gravitational perturbations from the giant planet would have swept the inner planets (and smaller planetesimals and asteroids) into close-knit, overlapping orbits, setting off a series of collisions that smashed all the nascent planets into pieces.
Beta Pictoris remains the only directly imaged debris disk that has a giant planet (discovered in 2009).
Washington, Jan 10 ( ANI ): A team of astronomers has discovered a new giant planet located in a star system within the Pisces constellation.
In order for the asteroids to pass sufficiently close to the white dwarf to be shredded, then eaten, they must be perturbed from the asteroid belt - essentially pushed - by a massive object like a giant planet," Dr Farihi said.
We think that there is a giant planet hidden within (the gap), and causing each of these streams," said Casassus' colleague, Sebastian Perez.
Rising earlier now in the Eastern sky, Jupiter the giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth this month.