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The Interiors of Uranus and Neptune: Current Understanding and Open Questions

By SpaceRef Editor
July 22, 2020
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Ravit Helled, Jonathan J.Fortney

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.

Comments: Accepted for publication in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2007.10783 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2007.10783v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

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From: Ravit Helled 

[v1] Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:26:30 UTC (2,309 KB)

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