Heres a crazy fact of space, most of us were totally unaware of the Gas Giant, not the Sun’s orbit. But do not worry, Jupiter will remain in our family of solar systems.
Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered that Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, does not rotate around the Sun.
But do not worry, Jupiter still belongs to our solar system, and he will most likely stay there for a while.
In fact, Jupiter, the fifth planet from the Sun, is so large, giant, huge that id actually does not revolve around the sun.
The researchers came to the conclusion that Jupiter is so massive by the standards of our solar system that it is actually 2.5 times heavier than all the planets of the solar system combined. Scientists have discovered that the center of gravity between the gas giant and our Sun is actually not inside the Sun, but is at a point in space just above our surface of the Sun.
But how is this possible?
It’s good when the object rotates around the other, in fact they both rotate around the common center of gravity, which will be located closer to the largest of the bodies.
To better understand this, consider, for example, the Earth and how it revolves around a much larger sun. Scientists explain that the center of gravity in this case is so close to the center of gravity belonging to a more massive object that the effect is almost imperceptible. This makes it look as if a larger object does not move at all, while a smaller object dissolves around it, drawing circles.
While the Sun is much larger than the Earth, the Venus of Mercury, Mars and even Saturn, their centers of mass are located deep within the Sun.
However, this is not the case with Jupiter.
In fact, the gas giant is so HUGE that its center of mass with the Sun is at a distance of 1.07 the radius of the Sun from the center of the Sun, which means that the Sun and Jupiter revolve around this point in space.
To better understand that NASA came up with this illustration: