Saturday, August 27, 2011

Astronomers Discover New Diamond Planet

Astronomers have observed a planet in our skies, racing around a tiny star, that appears to be made of diamond.

The new planet consists mostly of carbon and is far denser than any other known, and it's this intense density that leads scientists to suggest the carbon must be crystalline. Essentially, a large part of this enticing world is comprised of diamond.

According to Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology, "The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon -- i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun."

The planet lies 4,000 light years away and is thought to be the remnant of a once-massive star. 

Bling bling blaow! Read more about this curious planet here.

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