Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system and is known as a gas giant. Now the planet may also be known for making the solar system what it is today.
According to a new editorial published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a new idea states that our solar system may have once had more planets than what we currently know of, or “super Earths” as it were. These “Earths” were much larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune and they once orbited around the solar system, until Jupiter caused a disruption that sent them straight into the sun.
Because of this disruption that ended with other planets being lost, it may have eventually lead to the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, being created and remaining where they are today. A possible reason for this lies is what is called the “galactic outlier” theory.
This theory simply states that in a solar system that orbits a star, most planets will generally have another planet somewhat larger than Earth in close orbit. This is not the case with our solar system, and Jupiter disrupting other planets may be the sole reason for this.