UCSB Science Line
Sponge Spicules Nerve Cells Galaxy Abalone Shell Nickel Succinate X-ray Lens Lupine
UCSB Science Line
How it Works
Ask a Question
Search Topics
Our Scientists
Science Links
Contact Information
Does one of the gas giants have any destroyed moons?
Question Date: 2015-12-06
Answer 1:

I would say it's possible that one of the gas giants have destroyed one or more moons. Because of their size, their gravitational field is much stronger than the smaller planets. That means smaller astronomical objects could have been pulled into their orbits. Some scientists are even thinking that Jupiter might have destroyed some of the early planets when the solar system had just formed. So, yes, I would say it's possible that Jupiter had a history of destroying moons when it was young. I hope that answers your question. Have a nice day!

Click Here to return to the search form.

University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory National Science Foundation
This program is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UCSB School-University Partnerships
Copyright © 2020 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.
UCSB Terms of Use