posted on Jan, 14 2010 @ 07:53 PM
reply to post by DarkspARCS
I recall hearing about it too.
As others have pointed out, Jupiter is massive, and because of this and it's gravitational field, it sweeps up allot of junk that might otherwise
end up hitting us. I also agree, that we probably would not be here today if it was not for Jupiter.
There is also an almost endless supply of comets and other debris out there, orbiting our Sun, so combine that with Jupiter's massive gravitational
pull, and it;s gardly surprising that it gets hit once in a while by a large object.
Of course, the Sun is the ultimate gravitational force in the solar system, and swallows up bits of comets all the time, as well as the occasional
whole one. There was a recent thread about an event like this here