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The Interior of Jupiter

Guillot, Tristan and Stevenson, David J. and Hubbard, William B. and Saumon, Didier (2004) The Interior of Jupiter. In: Jupiter: the planet, satellites, and magnetosphere. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 35-57. ISBN 9780521818087.

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Jupiter, owing to its large mass and rapid formation, played a crucial role in shaping the solar system as we know it today. Jupiter mostly contains hydrogen and helium (more than 87% by mass), and as such bears a close resemblance to the Sun. However, the Sun has only 2% of its mass in elements other than hydrogen and helium (the heavy elements), whereas Jupiter has between 3 and 13%. The exact amount of these heavy elements in the planet and their distribution are keys to understanding how the solar system formed.

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Additional Information:© 2004 Cambridge University Press. This work was supported in part by the Programme National de Planétologie, by an Action Concertée Incitative of the French Ministère de la Recherche, by NASA grants NAG5-7211, NAG5-7499, NAG5-10629 (Origins Program), NAG5-4214 (Planetary Astronomy), NAG5-7073, NAG5-10760 (Astrophysics Theory), NAG5-8906 (Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program), and by the US Department of Energy under contract W-7405-ENG-36.
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