Jupiter Destroyed Super-Earths In Shaping Our Solar System, Study Suggests

March 24, 2015 9:42 AM

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Jupiter Destroyed Super-Earths In Shaping Our Solar System, Study Suggests

Research conducted by astronomers Gregory Laughlin and Konstantin Batygin suggests that our solar system’s lack of super-Earths, planets smaller than Neptune but larger than Earth, may be attributed to Jupiter and Saturn.

In the study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the two astronomers behind the study suggest Jupiter traveled significantly closer to the Sun than it is presently, some 140 miles from it before it reversed its course and found itsel...

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