Wanted to run a poll here- Because Jupiter emits more energy than it absorbs from the Sun ?
I was thinking, technically ? Can we call it a Sun?
I was once reading this Indian Astrophysicist who had this formula as to mass size ratio- stating that if Jupiter gains just a bit more mass - it would collapse into a star. I also know of course in Science Fiction - Clarke entertains this in 2001 and 2010 Space Odyssy.
Another question I have for others here is - do you think the REASON Jupiter emits more heat than is absorbed is because fusioin may be occurring at it's core ? Seems to me it would make sense.
Also, because Jupiter has such an effect on the Sun- I mean, it's orbit is ABOUT the same time as the solar cycles, but not exact (I think Saturn is what offsets it all) ? Perhaps Jupiter has such an influence on the Sun ?This is what pulls on Solaris to cause so much stress.
Could we BE in a Binary star system ? but not know Jupiter is a Star in process ?
Better- with all that methane - could we ignite Jupiter ? and spark it ? like a BBQ quartz spark generator ?
Maybe feed Jupiter oxygen ? then spark it ? MAybe that's getting too far out there for people to explore.
I have no limits on creativity ! heh - but I'm sure it crosses the absurd for some.