I’ve been watching a series of astronomy documentaries on Amazon Prime,, and I have to voice my appreciation for the god of the solar system: Jupiter.
If anyone asks, my two favorite planets have always been Jupiter and Venus just because of their awesomeness. But Jupiter, in particular, is truly the lord of the solar system. It dictates who stays and who goes- literally.
Jupiter has been out there acting as referee taking the hit for its smaller rocky followers for billions of years. It’s the most massive object in the solar system save for the sun itself. Jupiter’s immense gravity tends to attract comets and as thus, it literally takes a bullet for us on a regular basis.
But don’t think it was always so nice. Early on after it’s formation, it decided to take a trip into the inner solar system. It wandered into where all the rocky planets were busy still being formed. It threw things around as it came in and its advance on the inner solar system was halted by the formation of Saturn which hauled Jupiter’s rock flinging ass back out to the outer solar system. On it’s way out, it threw one epic temper tantrum. It ate up all the rocks that were meant for Mars, leaving the red planet half the size it was meant to be, and it started what is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment, a period where rocks rained down on the rocky planets.
It is about time this guardian of the solar system gets it proper respect. After all, you don’t want Big Boy coming back in here to teach us a lesson, do you?