Some scientists believe that Jupiter may be the reason for life on earth. But is that correct? Should we be grateful for the gas giant planet of our solar system?
What the astronomers know for sure is that our solar system is unique in the universe, as far as they know, and no other system like ours has ever been discovered. But this uniqueness of our solar system can be due to the young Jupiter in the early stages of the formation of our planetary system, when the gas giant was a villain planet.
Well, we have Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars as inner planets in our solar system, all of which are also known as rocky or terrestrial planets because of their composition, while on the other hand there is Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, the gas giants of our solar system. What makes our system unique, however, is the distance between the guest star, the sun and these gas giants, which is longer than in another exosystem that has ever been discovered.
Jupiter is perhaps the reason for the uniqueness of our solar system, but also for life on earth
Thanks to NASA's exoplanet hunters, such as Kepler Space Telescope or the recently launched TESS, scientists were able to investigate far-flung exoplanets and solar systems. None of these external systems is comparable to our solar system.
Although many astronomers have no idea why our planetary system is so different, some other scientists believe that Jupiter may be the reason for life on earth and the uniqueness of the solar system in which we live.
A model, known as the "Grand Track", estimates that the young Jupiter began to move toward the sun, overlapping the orbits of the planets with triggering catastrophic collisions. When Saturn began to form, Jupiter went back and settled on the position he is today. However, the debris that stayed behind started with building the second generation of planets or what we know today as the inner planets.
Even more, Jupiter is perhaps the reason for life on earth, because according to some astronomers, when the gas giant retreated after Saturn began to form, its attraction attracted the asteroids rich in ice that were beyond the so-called snow line. Accordingly, the Earth, which was then still in formation, got enough ice from that space stone, building the blocks of life.
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