Jupiter has been called the king of planets for a really long time, due to its massive size compared to most other planets in the solar system. The planet is huge and it’s mostly made of gas. This makes it difficult for scientists to know what lies beneath the cloud cover.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been analyzing the planet in detail for more than eight years now and it’s returned some surprising observations about the core of the planet.
A new study coming from an international team of researchers may have an explanation.
Some scans from NASA’s Juno hinted at the fact that Jupiter’s core is not what scientists believed.
Saturn’s core is not as dense as suspected
The core is not as dense as experts suspected and it turned out to be a challenge to determine the reason.
“This is puzzling,” Andrea Isella, co-author of a new study published in Nature, said in a statement.
Isella continued and said that “It suggests that something happened that stirred up the core, and that’s where the giant impact comes into play.”
It’s interesting to learn that a team ran computer simulations of early Jupiter to see what kind of interactions may have led to the planet’s current state.
It’s been reported by BGR that a massive impact, while the planet was still forming, could be the best explanation.
“Because it’s dense, and it comes in with a lot of energy, the impactor would be like a bullet that goes through the atmosphere and hits the core head-on,” Isella explains.
“Before impact, you have a very dense core, surrounded by an atmosphere. The head-on impact spreads things out, diluting the core.”
According to simulations, this planet was probably huge, says the same online publication.
Back in July, we reported thatSaturn made its closest pass by Earth. The rings are its moon Titan were visible as well.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up ’til now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.