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What are the differences between the two types of planets in the solar system?


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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.

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