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You guys got your little Mercury, I got

by drpruner / January 23, 2008 6:10 PM PST

<a href="">JUPITER!</a>

Looks like a nice place to fly by, but ...

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"Planet upheaval"
by Angeline Booher / January 23, 2008 9:19 PM PST
In reply to: Tiny URL didn't work.

How did the largest planet with the strongest magnetic field end up the 5th one from the sun? (My question.)

I find it amazing that astronomers on the ground could also see the "storms".

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It's about gravity and weight
by Dango517 / January 23, 2008 9:33 PM PST
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The heavier elements settled near the Sun the lighter ones further out. The theory is it was all dust once but the Sun. Search for "Big Bang" online.

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by Willy / January 23, 2008 11:42 PM PST
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Jupiter is big all right but its also just a big gas bag of sorts. Its far more gas than than anything else. The heavier elements just aren't there, but regardless be happy Jupiter is. Jupiter is supposed to be the solar system vacuum cleaner keeping the inner worlds more free of possible collisions. If theory is any clue, we are lucky in many regards as to be here. If Jupiter had gotten any bigger, etc., it may have ignited and made us a binary sol system. These are more common than once thought and but between the two, life as we know it couldn't happen. -----Willy Happy

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Right. The term is "gas giant".
by drpruner / January 24, 2008 8:20 AM PST
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Also Saturn and a couple of others. A comet hit Jupiter about ten years ago. Quite a spectacular effect, but Jupiter's still there.

"solar system vacuum cleaner"
And for those who don't believe in God-

Who empties the bag? Happy

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