I want to know how changing some of the planets in our Solar System might affect the rest of the solar system.
Compared to the planets we have discovered in the past decade, our solar system seems...ordinary. It was thought that no planet could get any closer to the sun than Mercury, let alone one the size of Jupiter. It was thought that Earth is the largest it could get with the right gravity and atmosphere to harbor life. It was thought that no planet could get any bigger or heavier than Jupiter.
In this scenario, I present to you an alternate solar system. The names listed below are not the actual names that I chose for my alternate universe, but rather the planets that inspired them.
One--55 Cancri e
Diameter--2x that of Earth
Mass--8x that of Earth
Distance from the sun--5.5 million miles (0.06 AU, 13 solar radii)
Two--Gliese 581 c
Diameter--1.75x that of Earth
Mass--5.5x that of Earth
Distance from the sun--65 million miles (0.70 AU)
Diameter--2.6x that of Earth
Mass--7x that of Earth
Distance from the sun--141.6 million miles (1.5 AU)
Five through Seven--a mix of HD106906b and WASP-17b
Diameter--1.9x that of Jupiter, 1.9x that of Saturn and 1.9x that of Uranus
Mass--11x that of Jupiter, 11x that of Saturn and 11x that of Uranus
Distance from the Sun--500 million miles, 900 million miles and two billion miles (5.4, 9.7, and 22 AU)
- Would any of these changes affect orbit dramatically, or not by much?
- Would we still have an asteroid belt separating inner from outer planets?
- What would the day/night sky look like?