Jupiter destroyed extrasolar planet in Earth’s solar system
Jupiter used to be the most dangerous planet in our solar system. It was the grand slayer of sorts and knocked off everything that came its way. Researchers claim that inside the inner solar system, there hasnâ€™t been anything as dangerous as Jupiter.
No other planet has ever behaved so dangerously as this ‘baddest boy’ of the solar system. The fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet, it has always behaved dangerously. But now as it has aged, it seems to have sobered a bit.
Researchers following a statistical study based on Jupiter’s wandering orbit reveal that had there not been those collisions and its bad boy behavior, the earth wouldnâ€™t have existed. They claim that our Earth actually owes its very existence to those collisions.
While talking about the studyâ€™s findings, lead author UCSC’s Greg Laughlin says, â€œThe innermost realm of our own solar system, by contrast, is completely, mysteriously emptyâ€¦So it was the context provided by the extrasolar planets that gave us a clue that something is unusual in our ownâ€¦Our theory predicts that there should be an anti-correlation between the presence of super-Earth planets with short orbital periods, and the presence of a giant planet with an orbital period of roughly a year or more,” Laughlin said. “The validity of this anti-correlation should be testable with NASA’s TESS Mission, currently planned for launch in 2017.” Findings of the study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.