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Originally posted by MatrixBaller04
Meh...I still read about it before, and it wasn't from a tabloid site. There's a real possibility of something like that happening though
Originally posted by letthereaderunderstand
From that wiki link above
The Pravda is mentioned in the movie "2010"
Do we all know what happens in the movie "2010"?
Jupiter becomes a second sun.
Originally posted by GENERAL EYES
Well, the first thing that came to my mind was:
Originally posted by Mogget
I always believed that this was meant to be a binary star system, but something went wrong with Jupiter.
There is nothing wrong with Jupiter. It simply doesn't have anywhere near the required mass for nuclear fusion reactions to start in its core. The mass threshold for that is approximately 8 per cent of the mass of the Sun. Jupiter has 0.1 per cent of the mass of the Sun. In other words, it would need to be 80 times more massive for it to become a star !
Don't believe the rubbish that is spouted about Jupiter being a "failed star". It isn't even close.
[edit on 17-8-2008 by Mogget]
Mass (kg) 1.900e+27
Mass (Earth = 1) 3.1794e+02
Equatorial radius (km) 71,492
Equatorial radius (Earth = 1) 1.1209e+01
Mean density (gm/cm^3) 1.33
Mean distance from the Sun (km) 778,330,000
Mean distance from the Sun (Earth = 1) 5.2028
Rotational period (days) 0.41354
Orbital period (days) 4332.71
Mean orbital velocity (km/sec) 13.07
Orbital eccentricity 0.0483
Tilt of axis (degrees) 3.13
Orbital inclination (degrees) 1.308
Equatorial surface gravity (m/sec^2) 22.88
Equatorial escape velocity (km/sec) 59.56
Visual geometric albedo 0.52
Magnitude (Vo) -2.70
Mean cloud temperature -121°C
Atmospheric pressure (bars) 0.7