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quote:originally posted by SimmerWell Jupiter is about a tenth of the diameter of the sun, so about a thousandth of the volume. I'm guessing that means about 1000th of the power output?The Sun is about 142 million miles from Mars while the closest Jupiter gets is 344 million miles.So (if all my assumptions are correct) at closest approach Jupiter would contribute <0.025% as much energy as the Sun to Mars.
quote:Originally posted by DoctorBeaverBut if its mass doesn't increase, neither will its gravitational field. Therefore, its gravitational effect on other objects will remain the same.The only way I can see that it could affect anything else would be by heat. I dare say there would be a significant impact on its own moons (Europa, being very icy, would undoubtedly be greatly affected by warming) but would enough heat reach the asteroid belt to have an effect? I know the sun affects comets further out than the orbit of Jupiter. If there are gas pockets inside asteroids I suppose heat from a Jupiter star would be a factor. But if they're solid rock, I doubt it.
quote:Originally posted by neilep....But those black monolith things may be very heavy and be an infinite source of power ! ! !...sheesh you guys !!