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If Jupiter became a second sun… July 29, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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…as occurred at the end of 2010: Odyssey Two, a film which despite its limitations I have a particular fondness for, would it be as bright as the cinema depiction suggested. It would not, as this thread here demonstrates. Indeed Jupiter’s mass is generally regarded as being too low to kick of the reactions needed for it to become a star – though I guess Arthur C. Clarke could wave that away as a product of the intervention of the monoliths.

But… were they to add mass to Jupiter in some fashion, the necessary mass as it were, then that would require 80 masses more than Jupiter currently has. And that would have significant impacts on the orbits of the planets in the solar system, particularly Mercury, Venus, Mars and…er… Earth.

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