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Jul27-04, 01:39 PM
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Quote Quote by devilmech
Actually, it would. Evidence of this has been observed. The only example sticking in my mind at the moment is the planet HD 209458b, which is experiencing atmospheric blowoff from close proximity to it's host star. Other cthonian planets have also been observed.
I agree that it can loose a large part of the gass, but whether it will actually loose all its gas, is a question of when will it reach equilibrium, if at all. In any case, if all the gass is lost, you will no longer have a gas giant - you will either have something like mercury, or nothing at all - depending on whether there was a rocky core. And also, I suppose that would take some time.