Saturn and Jupiter: X-ray laser spies deep into giant gas planets

Using DESY’s X-ray laser FLASH, researchers took a sneak peek deep into the lower atmospheric layers of giant gas planets such as Jupiter or Saturn. The observations reveal how liquid hydrogen becomes a plasma, providing information on the material’s thermal conductivity and its internal energy exchange — important ingredients for planetary models.

from Space & Time News — ScienceDaily http://ift.tt/PpBxUd

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