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Originally posted by amantine
Stars are not the same as atoms, but on a larger scale. There are a few major differences between stars and atoms:
- The core of an atom is positively charged and the electron are negatively charged and these charges cancel eachother out. Planets are not charged.
- All electrons weigh the same and have the same mass/charge ratio. The planets have different masses.
- In atoms, the electrons can only exist in certain discrete orbits. This is a consequence of quantum mechanics. Planets can have every imaginable orbit (although some may be unstable).
- Molecules are formed by atoms sharing electrons. The distances between stars is too large for them to share planets.
- The mass of a star changes slowly, while the mass of an atom always stays the same.