Day 4 of the ARG has been solved

by Ragashingo ⌂, Official DBO Cryptarch, Friday, February 15, 2013, 09:25 (4086 days ago) @ stabbim

a bright burning Jupiter orbited by one or more habitable moons.

Or maybe not that bright - sounds like a brown dwarf (an almost-star that never quite got going - not ignited the way we'd normally think of a star but still a major heat source). I dunno if Jupiter's current mass is anywhere near that required for a brown dwarf? Maybe whoever it was either added more mass or forced the reaction somehow?

This question came up a while ago when one of our probes was sent into Jupiter. There was a brief spike of concern that its atomic batteries (thermoelectric generators or whatever) might get compressed enough to ignite a nuclear reaction turn Jupiter into a stat. Turns out it it can't happen At least not without something more scifi occurring. :)

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