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Scientists Offer Bizarre Reason For Why Jupiter Is So Big…It Involves Interplanetary Cannibalism

    A brand spanking new study concerning the planet of Jupiter has just come out and it claims that the planet Jupiter is the largest one in our solar system because cannibalism.

    Say what now?

    According to the Daily Wire, this study proposes that Jupiter got so huge because it literally ate other planets. There’s probably the weirdest thing you’re going to hear today. Wait. Biden’s still president? I stand corrected.

    “Jupiter was one of the first planets to form in our solar system,” Yamila Miguel, an astrophysicist at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said to Live Science during an interview. Still, very little is known about how the planet was formed.

    Here are more details on this from the Daily Wire report:

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    In the new research article, images from NASA’s Juno space probe allowed the team members on the project to map out the rocky core of Jupiter. “The chemical make-up suggests Jupiter devoured baby planets, or planetesimals, to fuel its expansive growth,” according to Live Science.

    Miguel also noted that Juno’s data allowed the researchers to gather the new data necessary to accurately measure Jupiter’s interior, which served as a critical aspect of the study.

    “Juno provided very accurate gravity data that helped us to constrain the distribution of the material in Jupiter’s interior,” Miguel went on to say. “It is very unique data that we can only get with a spacecraft orbiting around the planet.”

    The view is among two major theories regarding how Jupiter collected its initial rocky core. One theory suggests the planet is composed of billions of smaller space rocks.

    The other theory that is supported by the data in the new study claims the core of the planet was formed by absorbing multiple “planetesimals” that span several miles in size.

    The research concluded that “Our results imply that Jupiter continued to accrete heavy elements in large amounts while its hydrogen-helium envelope was growing, contrary to predictions based on the pebble-isolation mass in its simplest incarnation.”

    According to The Daily Wire, “The study hopes to provide a deeper understanding of Jupiter’s formation, as well as offer insights into how other planets beyond the red giant, such as Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, developed.”

    “Jupiter, at about 484 million miles from the Earth, remains an intriguing point of exploration. In addition to NASA’s Juno exploration, a growing emphasis on both Mars and Jupiter has become a focus of the emerging space industry,” the report continued.

    Another little interesting tidbit is that last July, NASA chose SpaceX to conduct a study into whether or not Europa, Jupiter’s moon, has conditions that might support life.

    Science is pretty cool.