AzuriJovian Type

Warm clarified blue gas giants with temperatures between 350K and 800K

Goldilocks 70 Virginis
Image from Steve Bowers
Goldilocks, a 'clarified jovian' or AzuriJovian world
The temperature range of these worlds is 76 to 626 degrees Celsius. Water ice and other condensates cannot form at these temperatures, leaving the methane skies relatively clear, and thus quite blue due to Rayleigh scattering. Water-ice polar caps might form, however, and it is interesting to note that "ice ages" on such worlds are possible, and are demonstrated by the expansion of water-ice clouds into the mid-latitudes. Because of the deep blue coloration, and the lack of reflective clouds, albedos typically range around 0.12.
Example Goldilocks
 
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Development Notes
Text by John M. Dollan

Initially published on 31 December 2007.