My understanding is that Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter are all losing mass due to their gravity, temperature, and the solar wind. But what about Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune? Mercury has a magnetic field and so typically would repeal the worst of the solar wind and no atmosphere to lose, only an exosphere. I do not know the calculations to determine if Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are losing mass though.

  • $\begingroup$ What? That's a step hypotheses to make that anything loses mass due to its own gravity. Any proof of that? $\endgroup$ Feb 28 '20 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ @planetmaker My statement was that the amount of gravity is a factor that affects mass loss, the less gravity the more you lose and vice versa. $\endgroup$ Mar 2 '20 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ Gravity might strength of some effects, but it never is the cause of any mass loss like you claim in your question. Of all planets listed, Mercury certainly is not an example for a particularily strong magnetic field either (though for an interesting one). I think you should elaborate your question a bit more on the base assumptions you base it on. Maybe read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_escape $\endgroup$ Mar 2 '20 at 17:02
  • $\begingroup$ @planetmaker When I refer to gravity it is more accurate to say I am referring to escape velocity. Which is dependent on the mass and distance from the center of the mass of the object. Gravity is what we tend to refer to when in regards to what is force is measured at the surface and is why I used it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_velocity $\endgroup$ May 1 '20 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ You should say what you mean or you will never mean what you say ;) Accuracy in expression is important - especially in physics. Escape velocity does play a role when considering mass changes of planets. But it is by far not the only variable in that equation $\endgroup$ May 1 '20 at 20:10

Anything that's working, spending energy is losing mass, Einstein Mass-energy equivalence of SR along with radiant energy(electromagnetic and gravitational radiation) would be effecting all the planets, but at a different rate for each one. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiant_energy
And. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_in_special_relativity These should help I think


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