posted on Feb, 14 2013 @ 07:40 AM
Nothing wrong with posting a picture and saying "Hey, doesn't this look like (fill in your example here)?"
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with speculating on a theory of something (especially since that is how new things are discovered all the
The problem is that, yes, while it's a pretty picture, the evidence supporting it is non-existent. In fact, most of what we know about the other
planets argue against the OP's idea.
For example, his idea doesn't explain how each planet has different sized cores. Doesn't explain how we would go from a Mars sized planet to one
that has many, many times more mass and size (Jupiter).
It doesn't explain how we go from Jupiter's mean density of 1.326 g/cm^3 to Saturn's 0.687 g/cm^3 (would float in water), then back up to Uranus
1.27 g/cm^3 (in other words, complete chemical make ups changing).
Why would their orbit's inclinations change? Migrating outward or inward will not cause that.
Oh, and axial tilt: Saturn's axis is tilted at 26 degrees, Uranus is at 97 degrees, and Neptune is at 28 degrees. So something knocked it over on
it's side, and then later knocked it back?
The only reason I'm pointing this stuff out is due to where the OP put their thread, here in the Space Exploration forum, where a thread should have
supporting evidence. Considering how highly speculative the OP's idea is, and of course lack of supporting evidence, this thread would be better
suited in Skunk Works, where the OP doesn't really need evidence of any kind, as it is specifically for highly speculative ideas.
I think Skunk Works get's a bad rep because of it's name "Skunk" that most people equate to something that smells bad. When in reality it's an
ideal place to simply introduce a highly speculative idea, without needing any evidence to back that idea up. Maybe if ATS were to change the name of
that forum it would be used more for these types of ideas.
Where as here, in Space Exploration, most posts are backed up with some sort of evidence to help them, and are suppose to be a bit less hypothetical.