Astrophysics (index)

Water-Ice Planet

(planet made entirely of water ice)

A Water-Ice Planet (or Water/Ice Planet) is a planet consisting entirely of water in the form of Ice, i.e., with no silicate or Iron (Fe) core. It is a theoretical Planet Type, filling a spot in lists assembling possible types of Extra Solar Planets according to density. This can sometimes be estimated if stellar characteristics have been reasonably estimated and Transits have revealed the planet's radius and Radial Velocity measurements have revealed its mass. Given the possibility that analysis of exoplanets might turn up a candidate with this density, possible formation processes and the stability of such planets has been naturally explored.


(planet type,exoplanets,water,ice,theory)
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2012/pdf/1293.pdf

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