posted on Nov, 4 2003 @ 01:10 PM
Originally posted by tealc
could you imagine the effect of two suns for earth? you are all stating how jupiters moons would be affected but think of the increased
gravitational field ? depending on how bright it is it could cause the entire earth to be like daytime 24/7 the gravity would almost certainly
affect the other planets near it as well.
If Jupiter would become a sun, its gravity won't change because extra mass won't suddenly be
formed inside it. As for the light coming from it, Jupiter being smaller than the sun and its distance would not make it very big to our eyes. It
would likely just look like a really bright star at night, but not actually taking over the night sky with light. It also wouldn't be able to change
its rotation around the Sun, so it would not be stationary on the dark side of the earth. In fact, if it would become a star, it would likely be
visible even on the light side of the earth. Kinda like how the moon can show up during the day.
Whatever would happen, a Jupiter-star would not make very significant changes to the Earth.... I think.
The only problem I see could be potential heat energy coming from it, which might affect seasons and animals in a small, but potentially harmful way.