How Jupiter and Saturn Formed From Mere Pebbles

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Scientists have long puzzled over how our solar system’s planets formed, because this isn’t a process they can watch unfold. Researchers have generally thought that Jupiter and Saturn grew out of collisions of smaller clumps of rock and ice, building up proto-planets called planetesimals. But the prevailing model produced far too many.

Scientists’ new computer model found a way for these massive wonders to form from mere collections of pebbles.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/08/19/jupiter-saturn-pebbles/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DSC_News_150827_Final&utm_content=&spMailingID=23371816&spUserID=MTE2MDc3MjUyNTA0S0&spJobID=622667962&spReportId=NjIyNjY3OTYyS0#5468

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