Jupiter's core is a bizarre mixture of solid rocks mixed with a diffused bubble of hydrogen. And the story of how it came about has for a long time eluded the explanation.
Now scientists believe they are getting involved, suggesting that the gas giant absorbed another protoplanet in a head-on collision some 4.5 billion years ago. System formed according to Science News.
The hypothesis could finally explain why the nucleus of the planet is so diffused and fragmented – and throw light on the earliest days of the solar system.
A team of astronomers from Japan, China, Switzerland and the US used data from the NASA Juno spacecraft to study Jupiter's structure and composition, as published on Wednesday in Nature .
They tested other possible explanations for how the inner core of Jupiter became so diffuse, such as the gradual erosion caused by fast winds or the possibility that the nucleus contained gas from the beginning.
However, the ancient influence is not only a plausible explanation in the view of the scientists, but may best correspond to the observation data.
"Models of such a scenario lead to an internal structure that is consistent with a diluted core and continues to exist for billions of years," the team wrote in the study.
If they are correct, it means that our solar system w as a violent place could collapse colossal protoplanets and even merge Saturn.
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