Jupiter is an enormous globe of endless storms, massive gravity, and intense radiation. It is impossible to land on, has an unbreathable atmosphere, and it 100%, without question, cannot host life.
And yet, it also might be the only reason that there is life here on Earth.
Hold on, what?
The king of life
In Roman mythology, Jupiter was the king of the gods. He was the one who decided the fate of humanity. And in our solar system, it turns out that the planet may have held the power over us. At least that's the theory that is explored in this awesome (and adorable—look at that art!) video from the website, Seeker.
It looks at something called the Grand Tack hypothesis. This idea says that movements made by the gas giant though our early solar system changed the size, number, and position of its planets, making it a special and rare one in the universe.
Do you agree? Watch the video for yourself ... and maybe give Jupiter a nod of thanks next time you see it in the night sky.
That’s amazing! Just to think one small action created such a big difference in the existence of humanity. I’m amazed and shocked!