Is Jupiter really protecting the earth? Expert: it’s not that simple
Is Jupiter really protecting the earth? Is Jupiter really the patron saint of mankind? First of all, let’s take a look at this question. Why is it that every time it seems that an asteroid is about to hit the earth, there is no danger in the end? Is it because we are protected by some unknown civilization in space? Or is it blessed by the gods who live in the heart?
In fact, Jupiter is our guardian. Why should we say that? In 1994, an astronomical spectacle that most people on earth might have experienced – a comet hitting Jupiter. Countless people are shocked by the huge energy brought by the impact of celestial bodies. The comet, named sumek levy 9, was discovered by American astronomers in 1993. It is huge in size, and its speed of motion is even as high as 176 times the speed of sound. The world’s fastest aircraft is 20 times the speed of sound.
Experts have observed that when SUMEC levy 9 arrived just 110000 kilometers away from Jupiter, it was torn apart by Jupiter’s powerful attraction. The debris is arranged in rows, with a total length of more than 5 million kilometers.
Is Jupiter really protecting us?
On July 16, 1994, the remains of SUMEC levy 9 entered Jupiter’s atmosphere one after another. At 3:30 a.m. on the 18th, the world’s largest astronomical telescope recorded the largest debris impact on Jupiter. The fragment has a diameter of 32 kilometers and instantly releases energy equivalent to 300 billion tons of explosive. However, the most violent impact occurred at 6:30 p.m. on the 19th. After the debris fell, a dark spot with a diameter of 30000 tons appeared in the southern hemisphere. The energy generated by the shock wave is even equivalent to the energy released by the simultaneous explosion of 250 million atomic bombs.
Data show that from July 17 to 22, in a total of five days, Jupiter suffered the equivalent of two billion atomic bombs, leaving four tens of thousands of kilometers of deep pits. These pits are only a few times the diameter of the earth. Imagine that without Jupiter’s great gravity, it would be unthinkable to grab this comet and tear it to pieces to make it close to the earth’s orbit.
Because human beings can’t do anything about the comet impact on the earth, if Jupiter suddenly disappears, the earth will not have any problems in a short time, but in the next few years, the probability of the earth being hit by an asteroid will be greatly increased. When we are hit hard, any complex life form on the earth will be pregnant again, just like the event that led to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, so will human civilization.
In fact, life on the earth can reproduce and evolve smoothly in hundreds of millions of years. In addition to the stable earth sun and Earth Moon systems, every planet in the solar system is crucial. The lack of any one of them will make the earth completely different from what it is now. As humans walk out of the earth and look at the environment of the solar system, they will naturally realize the threat of asteroids to the earth. Although giant asteroids are protected by Jupiter ahead and are unlikely to hit the earth, asteroids of average size still have a good chance of hitting the earth.
For the survival of human beings, in fact, an asteroid with a diameter of several kilometers hitting the earth will also pose a great threat to human beings. Therefore, Xiaobian believes that in the near future, we can explore asteroid interception technology. As long as human beings have asteroid interception technology, we can really get rid of the threat of asteroids, so as to truly achieve human self-protection.