Jupiter charged with annihilation of early Solar System Super Earths

March 24, 2015 3:39 PM

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Jupiter charged with annihilation of early Solar System Super Earths

Jupiter likely destroyed Super-Earths within our solar system during the formation of our family of planets, new research reveals.

Gas giants such as Jupiter are believed to have formed before the rocky inner planets, such as the Earth. During this period, the early solar system may have contained one or more super-Earths, smaller than Neptune, but larger than our own planet.

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