Why Do Planets Orbit The Sun? (Explained!)

There is a balance between the gravitational force of the Sun and the planets, which causes them to orbit. The planets are not just going around in circles. They are moving in ellipses, which means they move closer to and farther away from the Sun as they orbit. Continue reading to discover how the planets … Read more

Why Do Jovian Planets Have Rings? (Explained!)

The Jovian planets are comprised of four planets, all gas giants, and all with a far higher gravitational force than that of Earth. Outside of their gigantic size, the Jovian planets are also known for their many moons, along with their rings; none more breathtaking and visible than the rings of Saturn. Jovian Planets all … Read more

What Are The Main Constituents Of The Jovian Planets?

Jovian planets are predominantly composed of hydrogen (80-90%) and helium (10-20%), with small, dense cores relative to massive layers of atmospheric gas. They contain small amounts of methane, ammonia and water vapor with varying traces of heavier elements such as carbon, oxygen, sulfur and phosphorus.  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are our solar system’s jovian … Read more