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Planet Jupiter ‘eats other planets’, according to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal research

To call Jupiter “huge” doesn’t really hit the mark. At the equivalent of 318 Earths, the planet is gargantuan – and it feasts on other planets.

Yes, that’s right. The King of Planets has earned its throne, but don’t mess with the frenetic beast or it may just eat you.

According to new research published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, Jupiter may have achieved its impressive size thanks to its planet-based diet.

Planet Jupiter ‘eats other planets’, according to Astronomy and Astrophysics journal research
Camera IconThe solar system is dominated by Jupiter. Credit: ChrisGorgio/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The report is based on evidence the monster has the remains of other planets deep in its belly.

While theories the behemoth might owe its size to an amalgamation of other planet bodies have been around for some time, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter returned some exciting complementary data.

This composite image provided by NASA on Thursday, June 30, 2016 illustrates auroras on the planet Jupiter. This view was produced by NASA using a photograph made by the Hubble Space Telescope in spring 2014, and ultraviolet observations of the auroras in 2016. Earth's polar lights are triggered by solar storms, which occur when a cloud of gas from the sun encounters the planet's magnetic field. Jupiter's powerful auroras are sparked by the planet's own rotation. (NASA/ESA/Hubble via AP)
Camera IconThis composite image provided by NASA illustrates auroras on the planet Jupiter. Credit: AP

The space probe managed to catch a glimpse of the mysterious orb’s core during a brief moment in which its 50km-thick ammonia crystal-rich clouds and hydrogen and helium clouds parted.

What scientists found beneath the heavyweight’s swirling surface was evidence of small planets (planetesimals) and space rocks.

Jupiter is also the fastest-spinning planet in the solar system, with a rotational velocity of 12.6 km/s.

Researchers concluded their study with a suggestion the findings had “important implications for the formation of giant planets in our Solar System and beyond”.

Sounds ominous, so hold onto your hats, Earthlings.

Luckily for Earth, Jupiter is a healthy 742 million km away.

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