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any of the four outermost planets in the solar system

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Chambers' framework differs from other models like the core accretion model, which dictates that the gas giants start as a solid core that, when it grows to a certain size, pulls in gas from the protoplanetary disk - the dense disk of gas and dust that rotates around a young star and contains the material from which the planets form.
Astronomers are keen to prove that exomoons exist because these objects are considered a potential home for alien life in orbit of uninhabitable gas giants.
The British oil & gas giant BP and the India-based diversified conglomerate Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) will make an investment of US$6 billion for carrying out three projects for the development of already discovered deepwater gas fields off the Indian coast.
According to their model, the signals emanate from the dwarfs' high-latitude polar regions, just like the radio signals seen from auroral ovals on the gas giants and Earth.
Oil and gas giant Total E&P UK were third, transport giant FirstGroup held fourth position with another oil and gas company, John Wood Group, retaining their fifth placing.
Create a leaflet to help the local community learn the difference between the inner planets and the gas giants.
It's unclear whether the newfound planets were once gas giants that got whittled down to a solid core during such a migration.
A UNIQUE death blast charge against gas giants Transco was thrown out yesterday.
It will also be able to see ``superplanets,'' gas giants several times larger than Jupiter.
The largest of these is a partnership between the electricity and gas giants, RAO UES and Gazprom.
Kepler-13Ab is a "hot Jupiter" class exoplanet, the kind that is, like Jupiter, gas giants, but orbits much closer to their parent stars, with orbital periods of less than 10 Earth days.
New research following up on the Kepler discoveries shows that alien worlds, or exoplanets, can be divided into three groups-terrestrials, gas giants, and mid-sized "gas dwarfs"-based on how their host stars tend to fall into three distinct groups defined by their compositions.
In our search, we could have found gas giants beyond orbital distances corresponding to Uranus and Neptune in our own Solar System, but we didn't find any," Liu said.
The results, announced by Lars Buch-have (University of Copenhagen) and his colleagues at the American Astronomical Society's summer meeting and published in Nature, appear to run counter to two decades of ground-based observations that suggest metal-rich stars are more likely to harbor planets, particularly gas giants like Jupiter.
The gas giants are in the constellations Pegasus and Lyra and are closer to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, making them too hot to support life.