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Answered 2011-09-13 14:00:10

im not sure if this is goin to completely answer your question, but ill give it a shot.

the gas plantes are actually very small, it is just their atmosphere that is so large. their solid core is actually tiny, and if im not mistaken, smaller than the terrestrial planets. the thickness of the atmosphere gives the allusion that they are larger. the terrestrial planets have much thinner atmospheres making them appear much smaller. but, i guess the atmosphere is considered part of the planet and that's why the gas planets are still considered larger.

the key is the atmosphere.

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