Scientists: Our Solar System is weird because Jupiter smashed it up like a wrecking ball

March 24, 2015 9:09 PM

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Scientists: Our Solar System is weird because Jupiter smashed it up like a wrecking ball

The more we learn about space, the more we realize that our Solar System is really the exception to the typical rules. Turns out we might have Jupiter to thank for our corner of the Milky Way being so distinctive.

A new study by Caltech planetary scientist Konstantin Batygin and UC Santa Cruz professor of astronomy and astrophysics Gregory Laughlin have released a set of calculations that follow the “Grand Tack” theory, which basically suggests Jupiter came barreling through the early Solar System as it was d...

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