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All of the jovian planets are more massive than any of the terrestrial planets.

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The main difference is size. Jovian planets are very large and terrestrial planets aren't. Jovian planets are also made of gas and terrestrials are made of rocks.


It is the biggest terrestrial planet, but far smaller than the four jovian planets.


The size. The gaseous Jovian planets are far larger than the inner terrestrial planets.


Size, density, composition, and the rate of the rotation are used to place the planets in either Jovian or Terrestrial.


Jovian Planets: Gas GiantsThe gas giants, popularly referred to as the Jovian planets, are the planets which are not composed of any solid matter. Technically speaking, the planets which have 10 times more mass than the Earth are classified as the Jovian planets. The examples of Jovian planets in our solar system, include the planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. These planets are referred to as the Jovian planets owing to their stark resemblance to the planet Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system. Other than these four planets in our solar system, several other gas giants have been discovered in outer space.Terrestrial Planets: Inner PlanetsTerrestrial planets, also known as the rocky planets or the telluric planets, are those planets which are predominantly composed of silicate rocks. The examples of terrestrial planets in the solar system are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. These planets resemble the planet Earth to a significant extent, and hence they are referred to as 'Earth-like' or 'terrestrial' (derived from the Latin word the Earth - terra). Other than the Earth, and three other terrestrial planets in our solar system, the scientists have identified a number of planets with terrestrial traits in outer space.Jovian Planets Vs Terrestrial PlanetsThat brings us back to the terrestrial planets vs Jovian planets comparison. The most basic difference between Jovian and terrestrial planets is their size. While the Jovian planets are gigantic, the terrestrial planets are considerably small. In fact, the smallest Jovian planet is 10 times larger than the planet Earth, which is the largest terrestrial planet. Even in terms of the mass, Jovian planets score over their terrestrial counterparts. The smallest Jovian planet has 15 times more mass than the Earth. The surface of the Jovian planets is made up of gases, while the surface of the terrestrial planets is made up of solid rock. Similarly, the atmosphere of the terrestrial planets is predominantly made up of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, while the atmosphere of the Jovian planets is made up of hydrogen and helium. As far as the distance from the Sun is concerned, the terrestrial planets are closer to the Sun, and hence are referred to as inner planets, while the Jovian planets are farther, and hence are referred to as the outer planets. Surprisingly, however, the speed at which the Jovian planets rotate is much faster than the terrestrial planets. The density of the terrestrial planets is five times that of water, while the density of the Jovian planets is as much as that of water. Yet another point of difference between the Jovian planets and the terrestrial planets is the number of natural satellites. While the terrestrial planets either have none or a very few (Mercury-0, Venus-0, Earth-1 and Mars-2), the Jovian planets have a large number of them.


The greatest difference is in their size. Gas giants are large but have a very low average density (much of their size includes their atmospheres). From a physical standpoint, terrestrial (rocky) planets have a solid exterior surface. Jovian (gas giant) planets instead exhibit a smooth range of increasing density, and do not have the abrupt change to solidity that terrestrial planets exhibit.


The criteria used to distinguish between the Jovian and terrestrial planets are size, density, com­­posi­tion, and rate of rotation.



The Jovian planets are all much larger than Earth. See related link for a size comparison


Jovian planets (gas giants, ice giants) are composed of gas, mainly hydrogen and helium. They have a solid core of rocks and ice about Earth's size, around which is a dense atmosphere of gas, including liquid gases, or even solid hydrogen in the case of Jupiter. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are Jovian planets. Although their slushy outer cores are very hot and dense, Uranus and Neptune are referred to as "ice giants."Terrestrial planets are much smaller, with dense metal cores, a solid crust as a surface, and comparatively thin atmospheres. In the case of Mercury, the atmosphere is blown away by the solar wind, but for Venus is it much more dense than on Earth. The terrestrial planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.jovian planets are rocky and terrestrial planets are gasy


Earth is a little bigger than the other terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), but the immensity of the jovian planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) cannot be matched by Earth's. Jupiter, the largest planet, has a diameter over eleven times greater than that of Earth.


Earth is a terrestrial planet as opposed to a Jovian planet that is made up of mostly gas which is Helium and hydrogen and you should know its a Terrestrial planet cause of its rocky surface and its inner core also it's size.


The earth or a planet that resembles the earth in its physical characteristics. The terrestrial planets in the solar system are the earth, mercury-in-roman-religion-planet-nearest-to-the-sun, venus, and mars. These planets are approximately the same size, with the earth the largest. They are considerably denser than the jovian-planet, ranging from a specific gravity of 4 for Mars to 5.5 for the earth. Because they spin less rapidly than the Jovian planets, the terrestrial planets are less flattened at their poles.


Earth is the biggest of the terrestrial or rocky planets, but smaller than any of the gas giants.


It is believed planets form via accretion. However, due to the large size of Jovian planets, there would not be enough time for these to form via accretion. This presents the â??Jovian Problemâ?? which contends that since these type planets abound in planetary systems, there may be another way in which these planets may form.


well, terrestrial planets means planets half to twice the size of the Earth so i guess they're Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Earth


There are four Terrestrial planets. The Terrestrial planets in order according to radius size are: 1. Mercury (0.383 km) 2. Mars (0.533 km) 3. Venus (0.950 km) 4. Earth (1.000 km)


a terrestrial planet is an object in space that resembles Earth in size , density, and in its mainly rocky composition


Inner and outer planets have some things that are in common but there mostly way different. For instants they both orbit the sun. On the other hand the outer planets are made mostly by gas, that's why they are called the gas giants. The inner planets are mostly made by rock and dust. The inner planets are called Terrestrial planets and the outer planets are called Jovian planets. The inner planets are closer to the sun, have more density, they have less moons, there about the size of Earth, and they rotate slowly. The outer planets (Jovian Planets) are farther from the sun, they have less density, they have more moons, they are large, about the size of Jupiter, they rotate rapidly, and they have more mass. These planets are alike because they both orbit the sun.


There are the gas giant planets (Jovian planets) and the rocky planets (Terrestrial planets).Terrestrial planets comprise Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.They are mainly composed with solid rocks.They have little or no atmosphere.They are found close to the Sun in the warmer region of the Solar System.They are relatively small in size.They have few or no moons.They do not have ring systems (like Saturn).Jovian planets comprise Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.They are composed of thick gaseous atmospheres with liquid interiors. Nothing can land on them.They have thick atmospheres.They are found far from the Sun in the colder region of the Solar System.They are very large in size.They have many moons.They do possess ring systems.Minor comment: It's nice to see "comprise" used properly.


In our solar system, the asteroid belt lies between the two types of planets. Whether this is due to some overarching influence or merely coincidental cannot be determined at the present time. Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are small rocky, terrestrial planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are larger, predominantly gaseous planets. Beyond Neptune are many small plutoids and other icy bodies, some of which approach the size of the terrestrial planets. Their gaseous composition, however, means that they would lose much of their mass if they were closer to the Sun.



The terrestrial planets are small in size and mass, they are rocky, solid and dense, all four terrestrial planets have 3 moons between them. They are warm and close to the sun. Terrestrial planets USUALLY have thin atmosphere. The Gas Giants are huge in size, have rings made from dust, debris, ice, rock. They very cold (not close to the sun at all) and light (made from gas.) They have several moons between them (167, I think) and lastly Gas Giants usually have thick and deep atmosphere.


They are all close to the sunThey are all similar in size and composotion to the EarthThey are the first three planetshope this helps


The moon or luna is classified as a terrestrial planet based on its composition and size. Other terrestrial planets are: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.



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