Billions of years ago, the planet Jupiter is absorbed 10 times the size of Earth

Our world - the place is so amazing that it is unclear why invent monsters, unicorns, and other monsters. Suffice it once to take a close look at the diversity of species on the planet, in order to understand just how inventive evolution. You agree that there is one only the giraffe's neck. But if to look at the sky and a good arm themselves with modern tools, you can find out that we are in an infinite universe, surrounded by the other celestial bodies. The attentive observer, for example, astronomers from the University of Zurich, will notice that billions of years ago, Jupiter swallowed planet 10 times larger than Earth. But how is this possible?

Billions of years ago, the planet Jupiter is absorbed 10 times the size of Earth

It looks like a gas giant in the NASA Juno probe lens

How and why there is a collision of planets?

So, the universe was born 13, 8 billion years ago as a result of the Big Bang. Due to the gravitational interaction formed dust and gas clouds from which stars were formed, and around the world. In the future stars grouped into systems and galaxies appeared. Their today only in the observable universe, there are about two trillion. This means that the variety of celestial objects so large that collisions between them are simply unavoidable. Even black holes collide with each other, resulting in making gravitational waves. By the way, in our Telegram-chat often discuss the nature of black holes, join us!

Imagine: Five years ago the Earth collided with an interstellar object, but no one noticed

According to experts, the formation of our solar system took about 700 million years. On the scale of the universe, it is, of course, nonsense. However, even during this time within the space of our house a lot has happened. About 4 billion 600 million years ago when the solar system was just born, it was a lot more planets than it is today. Most likely, between Jupiter and Neptune was another gas giant. Scientists believe so because of a computer simulation. According to the program, this planet has been pushed out of our system due to the gravitational influence of its neighbors rather big.

Billions of years ago, the planet Jupiter is absorbed 10 times the size of Earth

The Planets of the Solar System

Scientists also do not rule out that close to the sun is one more planet in size similar to Mars. This is probably a celestial body collided with the Earth, and from the fragments that are thrown in the near-Earth space, the moon formed. Thus, a collision of planets in the early stages of formation of star systems - a common phenomenon. In a collision of planets such as ours, that is rocky, the two celestial bodies merge into one, and from the fragments formed satellites.

As Jupiter "ate" the planet

According to a study published in the journal Nature, Jupiter could destroy a huge planet in the first years of its existence. We are talking about a potential head-on collision with a newborn gas giant planet, which at that time was in the process of its formation. Dimensions of this planet 10 times the size of Earth. According to researchers from the University of Zurich, a similar collision may explain the nature of Jupiter's core.

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Billions of years ago, the planet Jupiter is absorbed 10 times the size of Earth

NASA Juno probe to Jupiter background

For the first time aware of the fact that the gas giant "fuzzy" core, was due to NASA space probe Juno, which since 2016 is close to the giant planet. In addition to the stunning photographs, the probe has collected a wealth of information about the core of Jupiter.

Previously it was believed that Jupiter core consists essentially of rock and ice. And because data Juno research group was able to determine that the gas giant nucleus present lighter elements, such as helium and hydrogen. But the real and discernible barrier between Jupiter's core and the surrounding layer is not present. Lead author Shang-Fei Liu came to the conclusion that to explain such oddities Jupiter's core may be some colossal event, which shook the core. The researchers have created thousands of computer simulations and found that fast-growing gas giant could disrupt the orbit Protoplanets who were nearby at the time. As a result of the research team has found that there is a 40% probability that the Jupiter swallowed one of the nearby planets.

If this were the case, such a collision was to destroy the core of the gas giant, causing the heavier elements of the nucleus would be mixed with lighter components surrounding the core layers.

It seems that the results of this study imply that if not for Jupiter, our solar system would look very different. What do you think, what would be the neighboring planet?