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Giant impact disrupted Jupiter’s core

14 Aug 2019, 17:03 UTC
Giant impact disrupted Jupiter’s core Astrobiology Center, Japan

New interior models of Jupiter based on data gathered by NASA’s Juno mission suggested that the giant gas planet might not have a small compact core but rather a diluted, “fuzzy” one. Now, an international team with researchers of the University of Zürich and the NCCR PlanetS has found an explanation for this surprising Juno result. A giant impact occurring shortly after Jupiter’s formation may have disrupted and diluted its original compact core.

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