Jupiter - friend or foe? II: the Centaurs

  title={Jupiter - friend or foe? II: the Centaurs},
  author={J. Horner and B. W. Jones},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  • J. Horner, B. W. Jones
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • International Journal of Astrobiology
  • It has long been assumed that the planet Jupiter acts as a giant shield, significantly lowering the impact rate of minor bodies upon the Earth, and thus enabling the development and evolution of life in a collisional environment which is not overly hostile. In other words, it is thought that, thanks to Jupiter, mass extinctions have been sufficiently infrequent that the biosphere has been able to diversify and prosper. However, in the past, little work has been carried out to examine the… CONTINUE READING
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