It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by BirDMan_X
the lava built up inside the earth is always causing volcanoes letting the lava out and that must be pushing the earth outwards even if its just a little.
Originally posted by kinglizard
But aren't volcanoes caused by subduction? This means the material coming from the volcano is a direct result of the plates being pushed back down into the earth.
Is Earth gaining weight? At the present rate, Earth gains about 40,000 metric tons each year from space debris that bombard our planet. Yet it loses an amount so small (atmospheric gases, etc.) as to not really warrant any serious consideration. So, will Earth's weight gain have an impact on its orbit, relative mass (gravitational pull) or any other properties? Although 40,000 metric tons a year sounds like a huge gain, when you compare it to the immense size of Earth, it dwindles to a meager 0.000003 of one percent of the Earth's mass. The impact is insignificant.
A star shines because it generates energy in its center by nuclear fusion. To get nuclear fusion, you need extremely high temperatures (of millions of degrees) and pressures (hundreds of billion times as much as the air pressure at sea level on Earth). Only stars are heavy enough to have such temperatures and pressures inside them. The lightest stars that we know weigh about ten times less than the Sun, but that is still a hundred times more than Jupiter. Jupiter is not a star and will not become a star because it is not heavy enough. You can find information about Jupiter on the Jupiter page of the Nine Planets web site.