A5_4 Burning Giants

Michael J Pitts, Rebecca Howe, Rafia Javaid, Fraser RJ Scanlan


In this article we aim to investigate the plausibility of using a neutron star to raise the mass of
a gas giant to the point where fusion reactions will begin to take place, creating a star. We shall
also determine if this could be used to produce additional habitable planets in our Solar System
by this method. We nd that while a neutron star can turn Jupiter into a small star it will not
produce any new planets in the habitable zone.

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