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The interiors of Uranus and Neptune: current understanding and open questions


Helled, Ravit; Fortney, Jonathan J (2020). The interiors of Uranus and Neptune: current understanding and open questions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 378(2187):20190474.

Abstract

Uranus and Neptune form a distinct class of planets in our Solar System. Given this fact, and ubiquity of similar-mass planets in other planetary systems, it is essential to understand their interior structure and composition. However, there are more open questions regarding these planets than answers. In this review, we concentrate on the things we do not know about the interiors of Uranus and Neptune with a focus on why the planets may be different, rather than the same. We next summarize the knowledge about the planets’ internal structure and evolution. Finally, we identify the topics that should be investigated further on the theoretical front as well as required observations from space missions

Abstract

Uranus and Neptune form a distinct class of planets in our Solar System. Given this fact, and ubiquity of similar-mass planets in other planetary systems, it is essential to understand their interior structure and composition. However, there are more open questions regarding these planets than answers. In this review, we concentrate on the things we do not know about the interiors of Uranus and Neptune with a focus on why the planets may be different, rather than the same. We next summarize the knowledge about the planets’ internal structure and evolution. Finally, we identify the topics that should be investigated further on the theoretical front as well as required observations from space missions

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute for Computational Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:530 Physics
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Mathematics
Physical Sciences > General Engineering
Physical Sciences > General Physics and Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Engineering, General Physics and Astronomy, General Mathematics
Language:English
Date:25 December 2020
Deposited On:15 Feb 2021 06:51
Last Modified:16 Feb 2021 21:01
Publisher:Royal Society Publishing
ISSN:1364-503X
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0474

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