Jupiter’s Formation Bisected Early Solar System

Jupiter’s Formation Bisected Early Solar System

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John Timmer, Ars Tech
Gas giants like Jupiter have to grow fast. Newborn stars are embedded in a disk of gas and dust that goes on to form planets. But the ignition of the star releases energy that drives away much of the gas within a relatively short time. Thus, producing something like Jupiter involved a race to gather material before it was pushed out of the Solar System entirely.Simulations have suggested that Jupiter could have won this race by quickly building a massive, solid core that was able to start drawing in nearby gas. But, since we can’t look at the interior or Jupiter to see whether it’s solid,…

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June 19, 2017 at 09:56PM

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