An undeveloped planet might have hit Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, around 4.5 billion years ago. A new study reveals, at the time of Jupiter’s formation, something probably crashed into it and interrupted the development process. On Thursday, astronomers have surmised that the powerful collision may have taken place a few million years after sun-birth. NASA’s Juno Spaceship has started revolving around Jupiter in July 2016. Since then it is probing the giant planet along with capturing amazing pictures of the gas giant. The spacecraft has also exposed incredible perception that results in more and more puzzles.
Depending on Juno’s new surveillance, the data regarding Jupiter’s gravity reveals it does not have a small, bulky core inside. Scientists say, rather, the gas giant has a weakened core. Ravit Helled, study’s co-author, said they had previously estimated Jupiter has a small core. But now they have analyzed that the gassy planet has a fuzzy core. Ravit noted it means the core probably not only consists of rocks and ice, but it also contains helium and hydrogen. Even more, there lies a progressive passage as contrary to a sharp boundary between the core and the cover.
The global team of scientists has used a replica of model crashes between the under-development Jupiter with small planets. The outcomes have revealed a direct impact has resulted in a messy core. As a result, heavy metals might have got mixed in the core. Andrea Isella, study’s co-author, notes, an embryonic planet is dense; it has too much energy. In this case, the impactor would act as a bullet which passes through the surface and strikes the core straightaway. According to Andrea, the giant collision might have been quite common between the early stages of the solar system. The team of scientists has published their study and its outcomes in the journal Nature.