Recent scientific research on the planet of Jupiter alleges that it is our solar system’s most giant planet in part because of eating other planets.

New research published in Astronomy and Astrophysics implies the theory that the giant gas planet is filled with several baby planets.

“Jupiter was one of the first planets to form in our solar system,” Yamila Miguel, an astrophysicist at Leiden University in the Netherlands, notified Live Science. Though, little is understood about how it was formed.

In the new research article, images from NASA’s Juno space probe allowed the team members on the project to map out the rocky foundation of Jupiter. “The chemical make-up suggests Jupiter devoured baby planets, or planetesimals, to fuel its expansive growth.”

“Juno provided very accurate gravity data that helped us to constrain the distribution of the material in Jupiter’s interior,” Miguel said. “It is very unique data that we can only get with a spacecraft orbiting around the planet.”

The other hypothesis, supported in the new study, claims that the planet’s foundation was formed by absorbing multiple “planetesimals” spanning several miles in size. The research concluded, “Our results imply that Jupiter continued to accrete heavy elements in large amounts while its hydrogen-helium envelope was growing, contrary to predictions based on the pebble-isolation mass in its simplest incarnation.”

The study aims to deliver a deeper understanding of Jupiter’s formation, as well as provide insights into how other planets beyond the red giant, like Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, were developed.

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