You know, the graphic showing Jupiter turning into Earth’s other sun is from the follow-up movie, 2010. However, if there was a second “sun” in this solar system, it would spell the end of Earth as we know it…not the feel-good ending from the movie, yikes!
If you have been following me for any amount of time, you will know that my favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey. A classic if there ever was one. No CGI, no stupid made up characters (are you listening George Lucas?) story driven plot and characters.
One of the highlights was when the monoliths started multiplying on Jupiter and caused it to erupt into a star! But could it happen really?
Sadly, the answer is no. Unless you have a lot, and I mean a lot of monoliths hanging around to add about 75-85 Jupiter masses to the planet.
Bummer, I think it would be kind of nice to have an interesting sunset. Alas, physics will not help me here.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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