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January 18, 2016 AT 8:00 am

Why Life on Earth Can Thank Its Lucky Stars for Jupiter and Saturn

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via space.com

Without Jupiter and Saturn orbiting out past Earth, life may not have been able to gain a foothold on our planet, new simulations suggest.

The two gas giants likely helped stabilize the solar system, protecting Earth and the other interior, rocky planets from frequent run-ins with big, fast-moving objects, researchers said.

In other words, giant planets appear to have a giant impact on giant impacts.

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