Astronomy Planet Space


  • Process of sorting major components of a planet by density
    • Heavy elements sink
    • Light elements float to the top

Differentiation in gas giant planet

  • Likely have a molten, rocky core (made up of the heaviest elements)

  • Thick atmosphere exerts pressure on lower layers

    • Compresses middle layers of gas to an exotic state
    • Matter can exist as a liquid, solid, and gas
  • Outer atmosphere layered with cold gas clouds