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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 2 months ago

How is it possible high mass high density planets like this giant planet form and can life develop there?

It is 2.6 Earth radii and 37 Earth masses. 

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/122...

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  • Mike G
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    2 months ago

    Why couldn't it?

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  • 2 months ago

    Depends on the distribution of material as that solar system's planets formed... a high concentration of heavy elements - iron, nickel, uranium - could boost the density of a planet; if the star was slow to forming, then the material in the primordial disk may allow a very large planet to form.  Can life be found there...?   I can only think it's possible, but I don't know how probable it would be.

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  • 2 months ago

    For all we know they can form. Remember that mass increases approximately with the cube of the radius. So the planet would not need to be much more dense than Earth.

    Life exists on Earth. Millions and millions of species. Why bother pining for improbable life up in outer space when you can so easily find it here and now..

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