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November 10, 2011

Giant planet may have been ejected from solar system

According to an article by the Science Daily, there could have originally been five giant planets in our solar system instead of four. However, a potential 'jump' in Jupiter's orbit during its gravitational clearing of smaller bodies could have possibly sent that extra planet out of our solar system-- a simulation that astronomers conducted supported this theory, showing that a jump in Jupiter's orbit would have no effect on the terrestrial planets. It seems then, that the ejection of planets during solar system formation could be a common occurrence.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111110142102.htm

Posted by drdod at November 10, 2011 06:45 PM

Comments

Its very interesting to think about what our solar system could have been like if some things had worked out differently. Its also crazy to think that no matter how much we study our solar system we will never know everything about it.

Posted by: ouellbre at November 12, 2011 04:57 PM

Wow, very interesting finding! This really makes us think about how many planets our solar system could have had if these jumps hadn't occurred.

Posted by: mhymes at November 14, 2011 09:45 PM

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