gas giants

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

How insights into ‘supercritical fluids’ could help us understand the interior of the giant gas planets

The temperature and pressure inside Jupiter range from about -100°c near the edge to about 15,000°c and 50m times the Earth’s atmospheric pressure in the middle. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are similar pressure cookers. As we descend into Jupiter, we may see matter in the gas state, in the liquid state and in another, less well-known state, called the “supercritical fluid” state.

New study claims that TRAPPIST-1 could also have gas giants

New study claims that TRAPPIST-1 could also have gas giants

In February of 2017, NASA scientists announced the existence of seven terrestrial (i.e. rocky) planets within the TRAPPIST-1 star system. Since that time, the system has been the focal point of intense research to determine whether or not any of these planets could be habitable. At the same time, astronomers have been wondering if all of the system’s planets are actually accounted for.