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Michael A. Seeds + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

Why don’t Terrestrial planets have rings like the Jovian planets?

To determine

Why terrestrial planets don’t have rings like the Jovian planets.

Explanation

Introduction:

Our solar system was formed when the cloud of dust and gas coalesced into sun and the planetary system surrounding it. The terrestrial planets are those which have a solid surface, while the Jovian planets are gas planets.

All Jovian planets are massive planets. The large mass of the planets hold the ring particles close to the planets. The terrestrial planets have smaller masses. The gravitational force of the planets is not sufficient to hold the ring particles.

The energy from the Sun streams out in all directions. This exerts radiation pressure on the particles present in the cloud. The radiation pressure decreases as the distance from the Sun increases. The particles close to the Sun are blown away due to the radiation pressure...

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