Abstract:  An array of evidence suggests that the terrestrial planets originated in the outer solar system, then were pulled by Jupiter’s gravity into the inner solar system.  This theory explains the distribution of water on the terrestrial planets; the birth of the Pacific Basin; the origin of the Earth-Moon system by capture; key anomalies of Mercury, Mars, and the Moon; and the slow retrograde rotation of Venus.




A new theory of the origin of the terrestrial planets—that Jupiter’s gravity pulled them inward from the outer solar system—solves longstanding scientific riddles and offers a rich agenda for further investigation.

The origin and distribution of water on the terrestrial planets make a good place to start investigating this theory. Radiation pressure and the solar wind pushed water molecules out beyond the “snow line” around 4.5 AU, so how did Earth come to have a relatively significant amount of water?

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