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    1. Why is the outer atmosphere of Jupiter so colourful, whereas those of the other gas giants are dull and monotone?

    2. Why do Uranus and Neptune not have cores of metallic hydrogen?

    3. The axis of rotation of Uranus is tilted at 97°C to its orbit. What could be the cause of this?

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    1) The quirk of Jupiter's colors versus Saturn muted hues is due to the vertical structure of the atmosphere - similar chemistries, different pressure gradients so the colors "ride higher" on Jupiter (closer to the top of the atmosphere). The link just below has imagery of this. Uranus and Neptune ...

    Solution Summary

    Deals with three questions that all deal with comparative aspects of the outer planets in our solar system.