Earth’s Creator: Jupiter?

New theory possibly explains how Earth was formed

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Earth’s Creator: Jupiter?

Gas giant and Earth's possible creator.

Gas giant and Earth's possible creator.

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Gas giant and Earth's possible creator.

Photo via Google Images

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Gas giant and Earth's possible creator.

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On Monday, March, 23rd Gregory Laughlin, professor and chair of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, proposed that Jupiter’s rocky debris is what Earth was formed from. His theory is that back in the early, chaotic solar system Jupiter had collided with other fragments of primitive planets in space, resulting in Earth, Mars, and Venus.

Jupiter is a gas giant, and its mass is 317 times larger than Earth’s. Additionally, while Earth has one moon, Jupiter has 63 moons and a few more suspected satellites.

It has already been proven that our solar system is special, “an anomaly” even. NASA’s satellite, Kepler, has determined that of the other 500 known solar systems, ours is different. For example, other solar systems have planets closer to their star’s orbit than Mercury is to our sun, and we have less planets in our solar system. Plus, they all have gas giants closer to the sun, whereas ours are towards the end.

Laughlin’s theory explains why our solar system is different. He and his team explained that one to three million years after our sun was formed “Jupiter shoved into other planets, crushing them to bits as it moved throughout the solar system, before finally being dragged into its current orbit by nearby Saturn.” And the reason we have less planets and are farther from the sun is that the first generation of planets were destroyed after being knocked towards the sun by Jupiter. With what was left behind a second generation of planets were formed, including Earth.

This new theory answers many questions, and brings the human race one step closer to explaining the world’s largest question: our existence.

 

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