Jupiter's 'Smashing' Migration May Explain Our Oddball Solar System

March 23, 2015 7:15 PM

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Jupiter's 'Smashing' Migration May Explain Our Oddball Solar System

Jupiter's migration across the early solar system may have cleared the way for the oddball arrangement of planets we see in our solar system today, scientists say. This view of Jupiter was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in December 2000.

Jupiter may have acted like a giant wrecking ball in the newborn solar system, roaming in to destroy an early generation of inner planets before retreating to its current orbit, researchers say.

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