Jupiter Charged with the Destruction of Early Super Earths in the Solar System

March 25, 2015 12:12 PM

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Gas giants like Jupiter are thought to have formed prior to the rocky inner planets, like the planet Earth. During the period of formation, the Solar System (in its early formation stage) might have been a home of several super-Earth planets, smaller than Neptune, but much larger than the Earth.

Due to the uncommon orbital mechanics nature, the largest planets in our planetary family might have migrated closer to the Sun. Gravity might have caused cosmic crashes, as the planets headed towards the inner parts of the solar system. Bodies associated with these planetary crashes might have invo...

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