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Jupiter could “eat” one of its moons

Fine Jupiter protecting the insideThe Solar System from attacks by asteroids may not be such a simple celestial object. For a long time, the mystery of the origin of the core of this planet worried the minds of scientists, forcing them to look for more and more explanations of the mysterious processes taking place in the depths of the giant planet. And it seems that astrophysicists have finally been able to find a very intriguing answer to the main riddle of Jupiter.

How many moons does Jupiter have?

Today, Jupiter has a wholea suite of 68 satellites of different sizes and shapes, four of which are commonly called “Galilean satellites”. They could get a similar name because the famous Italian astronomer named Galileo Galilei was able to observe them for the first time using the world's first home-made telescope. Thanks to his discovery, mankind was able to learn about Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europe.

Warm went: Stellar wind heats the atmosphere of Jupiter

Despite the fact that Jupiter has large satellitesonly four, scientists found that the giant planet could have a fifth relatively large satellite, which was absorbed by its huge neighbor as a result of a collision that occurred about 4.5 billion years ago. A similar hypothesis could explain why the core of Jupiter is highly fragmented, representing a bizarre mixture of solid rocks mixed with hydrogen bubbles. In addition, such an incredible hypothesis could shed light on the earliest days of the solar system.

Could Jupiter swallow his companion?

In order to confirm or denya very eccentric theory, an international group of astronomers used the data from the Juno space probe, which we wrote about in our news channel, to study the structure and composition of Jupiter.

In addition, scientists were able to test otherpossible explanations of how the inner core of Jupiter became so heterogeneous. However, the possibility of an ancient catastrophe, as scientists have discovered, is the most plausible explanation.

If they are right, this may mean that ourThe solar system was an extremely unstable place in the distant past, where huge-sized protoplanets could crash into each other and even merge with each other.

In addition, a similar massive collision,destroying an entire planet the size of the Earth, could happen with Saturn. The results of the peculiar “Star Wars” we can observe at the present time, although far from the scale of past events.