posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 11:41 AM
Originally posted by theRhenn
Jupiter is 2.5 times more massive than all the other planets in the Solar System Combined!
If it were about 60X more massive than it is, it would indeed be a star!. More mass would cause the planet to collapse from compression under gravity.
Thermonuclear reactions would take place and Jupiter would become a star with a diameter of about 100,000 miles.
Currently it's mass is 1000 times less than the sun. When you're comparing it to all the other planets in our solar system vs the sun, it's not so
small. Its not a trillion times less mass, just 1000.
So you are contending that a difference of 1,000 Jupiter masses is within a margin such that you feel justified in asserting, "If it's true that
Jupiter has nearly the same mass as our sun...."
Yet, bizarrely, in the quoted segment above this paragraph, you make great mention of how
incredibly massive Jupiter, in fact, is.
Just in case you aren't aware, 1,000 Jupiter masses is rather significant. That's nearly 320,000 Earths. When talking about the Sun, it's closer
to 330,000 Earths. Even 1 Jupiter mass can alter the complexion of an entire stellar neighborhood. By your own admission, all the other planets in
the Solar System combined cannot equal a single Jupiter mass, so this alone should speak volumes as to the amount of material we are talking about. A
hypothetical object of 60 Jupiter masses versus Jupiter is no trifling difference, as you seem intent upon establishing.
I think you're simply playing fast and loose with relative statements about mass, completely ignoring the physical significance of those numbers.