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Helium Rain on Jupiter Explains Lack of Neon in Atmosphere
March 22, 2010
When the Galileo probe descended through Jupiter's atmosphere in 1995, it found neon to be one-tenth as abundant as predicted. This unexpected finding has led two University of California, Berkeley, researchers to propose an explanation: at about 10,000 kilometers below the cloud tops, helium condenses into droplets and falls inward, dragging neon with it and depleting Jupiter's outer layers of neon as well as helium.
University of California, Berkeley
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