Friday, October 26, 2012

Living On Gas

Life on these gas giants must be very hard. On Saturn, a storm began in late 2010 and continued to batter the gas giant for a year, winding down only in 2011. The temperature spiked to 150 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. The storm is linked to a massive build up of ethylene gas deep in the planet which ripped up toward the stratosphere. It was so large it would consume the entire North American continent and wrap around the Earth.

Gas giants are not actually gas giants. At their core lies iron or nickel, this is surrounded by a massive wall of liquid hydrogen In fact the majority of the planet's mass comes from this core and the liquid hydrogen. Their atmosphere is of course gas, consisting hydrogen gas and helium and other chemicals. The weight of the liquid hydrogen is so great in fact, it crushes the liquid hydrogen close to the core creating a layer of metallic liquid in nature.

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