Jupiter cannibalized baby planets to become the largest planet in our solar system

The largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter may have cannibalized several baby planets, according to a new study. Turns out you don’t become the biggest planet in a solar system by being nice.

A new study published this month sheds light on Jupiter’s massive gravitational pull and how it was able to absorb smaller planets into its gaseous atmosphere. In cosmic terms, this can be seen as the equivalent of eating or cannibalizing – a very common phenomenon in space.

The study looked through the planet’s cloud cover to observe the material that makes up Jupiter’s core. To everyone’s surprise, the planet’s core apparently contained heavy elements, suggesting that it could have consumed smaller planets.

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“Juno has provided very precise gravity data that has helped us limit the distribution of material inside Jupiter…This is very unique data that we can only get with a spacecraft in orbit around the planet,” said Yamila Miguel, the study’s lead researcher. Live science.

For a long time, scientists believed that the gas giant formed as a result of such cannibalization of smaller planets (planetsimals) or accidental collisions in the planet’s atmosphere (space pebbles).

Jupiter cannibalized baby planets to become our solar system
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Using computer models, the team analyzed data provided by probes such as Juno and Galileo. Next, they measured the planet’s gravitational field at different points to find heavy elements in Jupiter’s core.

“Juno has provided very precise gravity data that has helped us limit the distribution of material inside Jupiter…This is very unique data that we can only get with a spacecraft in orbit around the planet,” added Miguel.

Jupiter cannibalized baby planets to become our solar system
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References

Baker, H. (2022, June 16). Scientists Discover Remains of Cannibalized Baby Planets in Jupiter’s Cloud-Covered Belly. Livescience.Com.

Barnhardt, A. (2022, June 20). Researchers think Jupiter cannibalized a bunch of baby planets. IRL.

Arline J. Mercier