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Picture of the Day

Posted by Xaniel in Random » POTD   5 Jul 2012   / 2662 views

What if Jupiter were the same distance from the Earth as the Moon? This is how it would  look in our sky.

 

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D.H. 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
If the earth was this near Jupiter, il would be immediately disintegrated by tidal forces (just read "Roche limit" on Wikipedia)
       
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kool 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
i thought the same when a saw the description.
       
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gigantes 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
are you sure about that? the distance between io and jupiter versus earth and the moon is roughly the same- 350,000km. yet io has not been torn apart for some reason...
       
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D.H. 2 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Gigantes, you're right. The Roche limit for the pair Jupiter-Earth is approx. 100,000 km. However, the Earth would look like Io, and the oceans tide levels would reach hundreds of meters
       
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