Scientists demonstrate how a ‘super-Earth’ between Mars and Jupiter would destroy our planet

A false-color rendition of the Rosette Nebula serves as the backdrop for this solar system montage, which features the nine planets and four huge moons of Jupiter that make up our solar system. The presence of hydrogen (which gives off a red light), oxygen (which gives off a green light), and sulfur (which gives off a blue light) is what causes the Rosette Nebula to radiate light. The majority of the planetary photos in this collage were gathered by NASA’s planetary missions, which have brought about a significant shift in our understanding of the solar system over the course of the previous three decades. Credit should go to NASA/JPL/ASU

Experiment demonstrates our solar system’s fragility.

According to the results of an experiment conducted at the University of California in Riverside (UCR), a terrestrial planet that was located between Mars and Jupiter had the potential to eject Earth from the solar system and extinguish all life that existed on our planet.

Stephen Kane, an astrophysicist at UCR, indicated that the purpose of his experiment was to solve two significant holes in the field of planetary science.

The first issue is the size differential that exists in our solar system between the terrestrial planets and the huge gas planets. Earth is the largest of the terrestrial planets, while Neptune, the smallest of the gas giants, has a diameter four times that of Earth and a mass 17 times more than that of Earth. There is absolutely no middle ground.

Comparison of the Sizes of the Planets in the Solar System

This diagram provides a visual representation of how the sizes of the planets in our solar system compare to one another approximatively. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are the planets in order as they move further and further away from the Sun, followed by the dwarf planet Pluto. The diameter of Jupiter is approximately 11 times that of the Earth, whereas the diameter of the Sun is around 10 times that of Jupiter. Pluto has a diameter that is only marginally smaller than one-fifth that of Earth. It does not appear that the planets are depicted at the correct distance from the sun. NASA/Lunar and Planetary Institute should be credited for this image.

“In other star systems, there are a great number of planets with masses that fall in between those two extremes. Kane referred to them as “super-Earths” in his statement.

The other distance difference between Mars and Jupiter is their position in relation to the sun. Planetary scientists frequently express the wish that there was another world that could be found between Jupiter and Saturn. It looks like squandered real estate,” he added.

These gaps may provide significant new information regarding the architecture of our solar system as well as the development of Earth. Kane used dynamic computer simulations of a planet with a range of different masses that was located between Mars and Jupiter in order to fill in the gaps. After doing so, he noticed the effects these simulations had on the orbits of all of the other planets.

According to the findings that were published in the Planetary Science Journal, the solar system is in for a world of hurt. According to Kane, “this fictitious planet gives Jupiter a nudge that is just enough to destabilize everything else.” It is to our advantage that we do not have this additional planet, despite the fact that many astronomers have desired for it.