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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Jovian planet, gas giant(noun)

    any of the four outermost planets in the solar system; much larger than Earth and gaseous in nature (like Jupiter)

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  1. gas giant(Noun)

    A large planet composed mostly of gaseous hydrogen and helium, along with methane and ammonia; possibly with a solid core.

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  1. Gas giant

    A gas giant is a large planet that is not primarily composed of rock or other solid matter. There are four gas giants in the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. However, astronomers sometimes categorize Uranus and Neptune as "ice giants", in order to emphasize the differences in composition between them and larger gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. Many extrasolar gas giants have been identified orbiting other stars. Planets above 10 Earth masses are termed giant planets. Lower-mass gassy planets are sometimes called "gas dwarfs". Objects large enough to start deuterium fusion are called brown dwarfs and these occupy the mass range between that of large gas giants and the lowest-mass stars. The 13 Jupiter mass cutoff is a rule of thumb rather than something of precise physical significance. Larger objects will burn most of their deuterium and smaller ones will burn only a little, and the 13 MJ value is somewhere in between. The amount of deuterium burnt depends not only on mass but also on the composition of the planet, especially on the amount of helium and deuterium present. The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia includes objects up to 25 Jupiter masses, and the Exoplanet Data Explorer up to 24 Jupiter masses.

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