Jupiter May Have Killed Solar System's Baby Super-Earths

March 23, 2015 7:27 PM

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Jupiter May Have Killed Solar System's Baby Super-Earths

As the tally for planets beyond the solar system began climbing, a team of scientists noticed something strange. Most of the other systems in the galaxy had planets bigger than Earth orbiting closer to their parent stars than Mercury circles the sun.

“In our solar system planets are pretty widely spread out and there’s literally nothing inside of Mercury’s orbit,” astronomer Gregory Laughlin, with the University of California Santa Cruz, told Discovery News.

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