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New study provides fascinating insight into how Jupiter became so massive

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Jupiter, the solar system’s biggest planet, might owe some of its gargantuan size to the fact that it cannibalized other planets in order to help it grow, according to a new study.

The massive gas giant’s swirling storms and cloudy outer atmosphere have long-hindered researchers’ abilities to glean information about the composition of the planet, but new data collected from NASA’s Juno probe has allowed scientists to look into what makes up the surface of the planet, according to Live Science.

“Juno provided very accurate gravity data that helped us to constrain the distribution of the material in Jupiter’s interior,” lead researcher Yamila Miguel, an astrophysicist at Leiden University in The Netherlands, told Live Science.

“It is very unique data that we can only get with a spacecraft orbiting around the planet.” Continue Reading

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