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Unformatted text preview: Another question, assuming such planets were on stable orbits, is whether they could have temperature ranges favorable for the formation of life. If Jupiter Had Become a Star . . . We note in this connection that if Jupiter had been about 100 times more massive than it is, it would have formed a star instead of a planet. Thus, maybe the Solar System very nearly became a binary star system instead of a single star with planets. We may speculate that in that case the Earth might not even exist, or even if it existed would be in an orbit giving surface conditions not favorable to the evolution of life....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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