• Question: What would happen if Jupiter wasn’t there

    Asked by game1pub to SJ P, Ryan, Rebekah T, Martin M, Julian, Jaz HV, Clara Ferreira, Ben D, amberfitzpatrick, Alessio S on 26 Apr 2024.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 26 Apr 2024:

      If it was never formed then the Solar System might look a bit different… If it suddenly disappeared then the forces that it exerts on the rest of the Solar System would disappear and this would result in a change in how the Solar System is arranged. Since Jupiter is essentially pulling us away from the Sun a little, it might mean that the Earth’s orbital radius will get smaller potentially increasing the Solar input to our atmosphere and driving a runaway Greenhouse Effect.