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Jupiter: Our Great Protector

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Jupiter provides much of the protection of the Earth from cometary bombardment. In looking for planets of this size and distance from their stars, scientists have noted that Jupiter is a very unusual planet in our galaxy. All other gas giants found around stars are much closer to their star than Jupiter is. In fact, most are closer to their star than the Earth is to the Sun. If Jupiter were this close to our Sun, the Earth would have been ejected from the Solar System, along with all the other rocky planets.


  1. Hugh Ross, "Jupiter's Stability," Facts & Faith, volume 8, number 3 (1994), pages 1-2.
  2. Hugh Ross, "Computer Models Reveal New Evidence of God's Care," Facts & Faith, vol. 7, no. 3 (1993), pages 1-2.
  3. George W. Wetherill, "How Special Is Jupiter?" Nature, 373 (1995), page 470.
  4. B. Zuckerman, T. Forveille, and J. H. Kastner, "Inhibition of Giant-Planet Formation by Rapid Gas Depletion Around Young Stars," Nature, 373 (1995), pages 494-496.
  5. Ray Jayawardhana, "No Alien Jupiters," Science, 265 (1994), page 1527.
  6. Wetherill, page 470.

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