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Originally posted by jiggerj
Originally posted by SplitInfinity
reply to post by jiggerj
As far as Classifications....They have broken our Solar System down to 8 Planets with Pluto becoming part of the Kupier Belt or Ort Cloud Planetoids.
Jupiter is so Massive that if it were to be a bit more massive it might have the ability to become a Star. A Star after all is a large enough amount of gas...mostly Hydrogen that by it's own Gravity Well is capable of creating enough pressure to start a Fusion Reaction. This being Hydrogen being Fused into Helium and a immense Thermonuclear Reaction that becomes a Star.
There are so many Moons around certain Planets and there are Planetoids in the Kupier Belt and Ort Cloud that are larger than Mercury that it is just a matter of Classification.
Good stuff, Split. Can you tell us how a bunch of gas can generate so much gravity? I mean, it's GAS! How much mass could Jupiter have, and it's the mass that makes the gravity, right?
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
It's a giant body in space and it has mass. Not enough mass to ignite into a star though. If it had enough mass it probably could ignite and it might have ignited at one time if all the other matter in the solar system hadn't already been used to make other planets. Makes me wonder what those other giant dark bodies out passed the edge of the solar system are.