How did Jupiter get so big? Astronomers now think it 'ate' chunks of other planets

How did Jupiter get so big? Astronomers now think it 'ate' chunks of other planets

How did Jupiter get so big? Astronomers now think it 'ate' chunks of other planets A new scientific paper reckons the gas giant absorbed a number of "planetesimals" on its journey to become the biggest planet in the solar system. Thursday 23 June 2022 20:50, UK They don't call Jupiter "King of Planets" for nothing. It's massive, really heavy, and now scientists think it ate chunks of other planets to get as big as it is. That's right, the gas giant named after Greek and Roman gods is thought to have absorbed a series of small "planetesimals" en route to claiming its place as the biggest planet in the solar system. The theory comes from an international team of astronomers led by Yamila Miguel from the SRON Netherlands Institute for …
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