Is Jupiter the Reason for Life on Earth?

Should we be thanking Jupiter for our existence? Here’s why some scientists believe the gas giant is responsible for the life-harboring oddity of our solar system.

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Wandering Jupiter accounts for our unusual solar system
“Scientists say Jupiter swept clear the inner solar system, resulting in the formation of a planetary system unlike any other astronomers have yet found.”

How did Earth get its water?
“The answer lies in deuterium ratios and a theory called the Grand Tack”

Jupiter’s decisive role in the inner Solar System’s early evolution
“In this scenario, the Solar System’s terrestrial planets formed from gas-starved mass-depleted debris that remained after the primary period of dynamical evolution.”


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