Changing Our Core Notions of Jupiter

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 27, 2008 in Science |


We always think of Jupiter as a gas giant, but what’s amazing to think about is that when you get to the core of the planet you have an Earth-like rock core that is 14 to 18 times the mass of Earth (which is twice the size as what scientists use to think):

Jupiter’s rocky core bigger and icier, according to new simulation

“Jupiter has a rocky core that is more than twice as large as previously thought, according to computer calculations by a University of California, Berkeley, geophysicist who simulated conditions inside the planet on the scale of individual hydrogen and helium atoms.”


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