Giant planets articles from across Nature Portfolio

Giant planets are large planets, typically 10 or more times the mass of Earth, made predominantly of liquid or gas, notably hydrogen and helium. There are four giants in the solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.


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    Determining the melting temperature and electrical conductivity of ammonia under the internal conditions of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune is helping us to understand the structure and magnetic field formation of these planets.

    • Kenji Ohta
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    The atmospheres of most planets in our Solar System have a single large cyclonic vortex at each of their poles. Jupiter with its polygonal cyclones surrounding a single one, however, falls out of line, owing to an energy transfer to larger scales.

    • Agustín Sánchez-Lavega
    Nature Physics 18, 226-227
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    A new model demonstrates how the formation of annular structures in a protoplanetary disk can later produce planetary systems that reproduce both the orbital architecture and meteoritic isotope trends observed in our Solar System.

    • Bradley M. S. Hansen
    Nature Astronomy 6, 297-298