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gas giant

(large planet made largely of gas)

A gas giant is a giant planet such as Jupiter or Saturn: massive and mostly gas, i.e., hydrogen and helium. Many discovered extra-solar planets are gas giants which is to be expected because larger planets are easier to detect.


(planet type,exoplanets,gas)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_giant

Referenced by pages:
accretion
atmosphere
atmospheric escape
convection zone
core accretion model
electron degeneracy
extra-solar planet
failed binary
gas planet
gravitational instability (GI)
giant planet
giant planet formation
GJ 1214 b
Gemini Planet Imager (GPI)
gravitational instability model
acetylene (C2H2)
HD 133131
hot Jupiter (HJ)
Jupiter
Kepler-1625b
Kepler-16b
Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism
Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer (KPIC)
mini-Neptune
normal mode
Planet Nine
planet structure
planet type
radiation zone
rocky planet
solar system
super-Earth
zonal flow

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