Solar system

Gaseous giant planets

Gaseous giant planets

The light planets or gas giants They are located on the outside of the Solar System.

They are planets consisting basically of hydrogen and helium, a reflection of the composition of the primitive solar nebula.

These gas giants have important meteorological activities and gravitational processes, with a small core and a large mass of gas in permanent convection.

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are known as the Jovian planets, that is, relative to Jupiter. They are gigantic compared to Earth and have a gaseous nature like Jupiter's. Jovian planets are considered gas giants, although some have a solid center.

The great planets, Jupiter and Saturn, have satellite systems that, in a way, are miniature models of the Solar System. Although they do not have thermonuclear energy sources, they continue to release gravitational energy in an amount greater than the solar radiation they receive.

Another common feature is to have rings formed by small particles in orbits closer than those of their satellites.

In this chapter:

Planet Jupiter, an old gas giant: Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It has almost two and a half times ... Read pageJupiter's satellites: 400 years ago, Galileo directed his rudimentary telescope to the planet Jupiter and saw that they were accompanying him ... Read pageSaturn, the planet of the rings: Saturn is the second largest planet in the world. Solar system and the only one with visible rings ... Read pageThe moons of Saturn: Saturn has many satellites, maybe about 200, of which more than 80 have confirmed orbits ... Read pageThe planet Uranus: Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, the third larger and the fourth most massive in the Solar System ... Read pageThe moons of Uranus: In the sky of Uranus there are no bright planets. Uranus satellites would be the only lights we would see from ... Read pageThe planet Neptune: blue, distant and windy: Neptune is the outermost planet of the gas giants and the first one that was ... Read pageThe moons of Neptune: From Neptune, the Sun it is very far, 30 times more than Earth, and it only seems a very bright spot ... Read page Rings and shepherd satellites: Shepherd satellites are small moons that, because of their gravitational influence, maintain ... Read page