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Early solar system, artwork

Early solar system, artwork

C019/5151

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50.3 MB (50.0 MB compressed)

7226 x 2433 pixels

61.2 x 20.6 cm ⏐ 24.1 x 8.1 in (300dpi)

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NICOLLE R. FULLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NICOLLE R. FULLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Early solar system. Artwork of the early solar system at a stage where the planets are still forming. One theory postulates that around 3 to 4.5 billion years ago the planets were much closer together and not in the orbits they inhabit today. As the early gas giants moved, they were able to collect the debris that was thickly distributed in the younger solar system, with Jupiter stealing material that would have allowed Mars to become larger than it eventually was. Here, rocky debris is colliding with a red Sun in the background.

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