What made it possible for the planets to become as big as they are?
All of the planets are round because of gravity. When our Solar System was forming, gravity gathered billions of pieces of gas and dust into clumps which grew larger and larger to become the planets. The force of gravity, pulled this molten material inwards towards the planet’s center into the shape of a sphere.
What caused Jupiter to become such a large planet?
Jupiter took shape when the rest of the solar system formed about 4.5 billion years ago when gravity pulled swirling gas and dust in to become this gas giant.
How the planets were formed?
The Sun and the planets formed together, 4.6 billion years ago, from a cloud of gas and dust called the solar nebula. A shock wave from a nearby supernova explosion probably initiated the collapse of the solar nebula. The Sun formed in the center, and the planets formed in a thin disk orbiting around it.
Is there a planet that’s bigger than Jupiter?
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times more massive than Jupiter in a star system located around 1,250 light-years away from our own. The distant world, known as Kepler-88 d, is the most massive in the star system, which contains two other planets, according to a study published in The Astronomical Journal.
What are 5 factors that make the planet habitable?
What Are the Factors that Make the Planet Habitable?
- It has to be a comfortable distance away from a star (Habitable Zone)
- The stars around it have to be ‘stable’.
- It should not have a very low mass.
- It must rotate on its axis and revolve.
- It should have a molten core.
- It should hold an atmosphere.
Is there really a 10th planet?
Astronomers have found a tenth planet, larger than Pluto and nearly three times farther from the Sun as Pluto is today. Temporarily designated 2003 UB313, the new planet is the most distant object yet seen in the solar system, 97 times farther from the Sun than the Earth is.
What makes Jupiter different from other planets?
Physical characteristics. Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. If the enormous planet was about 80 times more massive, it would have actually become a star instead of a planet. Jupiter’s immense volume could hold more than 1,300 Earths.
Can a star turn into a planet?
yes! A star can turn into a planet, but this is true only for a specific category of stars called brown dwarfs.
What’s the smallest planet?