Baby Jupiter got so big by eating other baby planets

Jupiter’s innards are teeming with the remains of baby planets that the gas giant gobbled up as it expanded to become the juggernaut we see today, scientists have found. The results come from the first clear view of the chemistry beneath the planet’s cloudy outer atmosphere.

Although it is the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter disclosed very little of its inner workings. Telescopes have captured thousands of images of the swirling vortex clouds in the upper atmosphere of the gas giant, but these Van Gogh-style storms also act as a barrier blocking our view of what lies below.

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