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

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


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.



Venus is terrestrial. It has a solid surface and is primarily solid in composition. Jovian planets are primarily gaseous. Terrestrial planets, due to a higher density, are found on the inner orbits of the solar system. Pluto is actually neither, as its composition is mostly icy rather than metallic elements like terrestrial planets. It is likely that Pluto is a either a captured body (perhaps a comet), or the leftover material of a planetary collision early in the solar system's history.


Jupiter is a Jovian planet. The word "Jovian" comes from "Jove," which is another name for Jupiter.


The sun is a star, not a planet. the terrestrial planets are also made of either rock, ice, or gas.


Gas giants (for the outer planets), versus rocky planets.


PLANETS in the solar system are either terrestrial ones or gas giant ones. The sun is not a planet. It is a star.


No, Uranus is called either a gas giant, or an ice giant. Terrestrial planets are small rocky worlds: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.


FALSE: because Earth is one of the four terrestrial planets, and we don't have rings. Mercury, Venus and Mars are the others and they have no rings either!THE TRUTH: all the outer planets have rings (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune)hope that helped guys, love ya*soph*


Well, if you count Pluto as terrestrial (it's not a gas giant either) Jupiter's moon Ganymede is bigger than it. Other moons might be bigger than Mercury, but they're all Jupiter's.


Terrestrial animals are those that live on the land, either entirely or mostly. "Terre" means earth, terrestrial means "of the earth".


Of what we have found most are the size of Jupiter or larger. But we know many more extrasolar planets exist that we simply cannot detect. If we were to draw hypotheses on what planets are most abundant they would either be similar to dwarf planets. Or, if the reader does not view dwarf planets as true planets then planets the size of ones in the terrestrial zone like: Mercury, Venus, or Earth. Are probably the most abundant.


I suppose (this being my opinion and not certain fact) that is because the Jovian planets are more uniform on their "surface." Note how storms on Earth gain power over warm water, but lose power over land or cold water. Planets like Jupiter, are much more fluid (if not entirely fluid) and so their is little temp difference between it's equator and it's poles, so the stroms feel the same in either place. Jupiter also does not have land (or if it does, it is so far down into it that it makes little to no difference) for the storm to lose power over. Basically, our Earth has places for storms to grow, and to die. Jupiter (and the other Jovian planets) only have places for storms to grow and no where to die.


There is no satellite that has different planets at roughly equal distances on either side of it.


Criteria is true if either individual criterion is true is called "or" in Logic. (Criteria is plural form of criterion)


It is either half of the cerebrum. It is half of the terrestrial globe. It is the half of a sphere.


The Asteroid Belt is a group of rocky objectsbetween the orbits of Mars, {the farthest from the Sun, of the four Terrestrial Planets=Mercury, Venus, Earth & Mars} and the Gas Giants= Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.Pluto has been demoted to a Planetary Object. (I wasn't too happy about that, either)


Yes - ALL areas of the UK have terrestrial TV - the majority of areas also have either cable, satellite or both. TS17 is not far from where I live.


its either 75% 50% 25% or one-third


Most terrestrial animals dissipate excess heat by evaporation. This is done by either sweating (like humans) or by panting (like dogs).


The planets are either inner or outer planets. There are 8 planets. And of those eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are the inner planets. While: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the outer planets.


Pluto was a planet when it was discovered in 1930, since the criteria for being a planet was any largish body in direct orbit around the sun. More planets like Pluto were discovered in more recent times, of similar size and distance, maybe a bit further out. We either had to keep adding planets to the list, or re define what a planet was. In 2006, they decided to reclassify what a planet was, one criteria is that a planet has to be big enough to have cleared most of it's orbit from other bodies. Pluto has not done this, but all other eight remaining planets have. So now we have just stuck to eight planets. In 2006, Pluto was reclassified to a dwarf planet.


The planets that don't have rings or moons are Mercury and Venus. All other planets have either a moon, rings or both.



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