gas giant

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any of the four outermost planets in the solar system

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The remarkable system, named HD 219134, in the constellation Cassiopeia hosts one outer giant planet and three inner super-Earths, one of which transits in front of the star, Science Daily reported.
According to Laughlin, the formation of giant planets like Jupiter is somewhat rare but, when it occurs, the giant planet usually migrates inward and ends up at an orbital distance similar to Earth's.
Some computer simulations predicted a complicated structure for the inner disk due to the gravitational pull by the short-period giant planet.
NASA s Voyager 1 and 2 explored the entire middle zone of the solar system where the giant planets orbit, said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
These asteroids tell us that the GD 61 system had - or still has - rocky, terrestrial planets, and the way they pollute the white dwarf tells us that giant planets probably still exist there.
The Pleiades is also one of the most photographed targets in the night sky, photos will reveal the faint wisps of blue reflection nebulosity Telescopic Targets this month: Telescopes will be turned towards Jupiter this month as the giant planet is at opposition.
A group of icy objects known as the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet hurtled toward the giant planet at a speed of 60 kilometers (37 miles) per second.
The outcome is a collision with either the giant planet or the star, or ejection to the cold outer reaches of the system.
The giant planet could be in for a major temperature shift over the next decade as most of its "spots" - in reality huge storm systems - disappear.
That should help us understand not only the meteorology, but the planet's formation since water is expected to be the third most abundant molecule after hydrogen and helium in a giant planet atmosphere," Ingersoll relates.
This then leads to runaway accretion of both solids and gas to eventually form a giant planet.
Juno's launch is scheduled for August 5 and will take five years to reach the giant planet.
It's one of the more wide-ranging studies of the giant planet.
MORE than a third of the giant planet systems found recently outside our solar system may have planets which support life.