Contact: James Riordon
American Physical Society
Caption: This schematic depiction of the interior of a gas giant (e.g. Jupiter or Saturn) shows Helium-rich droplets forming within the immiscibility layer and raining downwards, leading to a slow increase in the helium concentration in the deep interior. Neon is absorbed in the droplets and carried out of the upper atmosphere.
Credit: Hugh F. Wilson and Burkhard Militzer, University of California, Berkeley
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