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Space Science

Is Jupiter Dissolving Its Rocky Core? 181

Posted by Soulskill
from the told-you-not-to-drink-all-that-soda-pop dept.
sciencehabit writes "Jupiter is the victim of its own success. Sophisticated new calculations indicate that our solar system's largest planet, which weighs more than twice as much as all of the others put together, has destroyed part of its central core. The culprit is the very hydrogen and helium that made Jupiter a gas giant, when the core's gravity attracted these elements as the planet formed. The finding suggests that the most massive extrasolar planets have no cores at all."
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