posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 10:11 AM
Ok, I'm seeing a lot of people miss the point of this thread. The question wasn't if Jupiter could become another sun in our system, but that it
There is a remarkable difference. Ignited means that it will burn for some time but will run out eventually. If it were done artificially maybe
Galileo found the core of Jupiter and they thought it was interesting enough to risk us all (maybe that's where Jimmy Hoffa is) and ignited the gases
in order to get them off.
Now I'm no astronomy nut, shoot I barely even know the basic navigation constellations for the northern hemisphere, but I do know that if such an
event were to be undertaken, it would require as above posters said a lot more energy than we have seen impact it.
Something I have been noticing on History Channel is all this talk of Gamma Ray bursts hitting earth. Now theoretically speaking, if one were to hit
Jupiter, would it then ignite? As many have said on these threads, Jupiter is a "failed star" implying (by my guess) that all of the supplies are
there, just not in enough volume or enough pressure to sustain fusion. This doesn't mean that combustion can't happen can it?