Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scientists Find a Diamond Planet

By on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 7 Comments

Source : NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC)
Remember the old Beatles song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"? Well, there are really diamonds in the sky. But far, far away.

Astronomers have discovered an extremely carbon-rich planet - the first of its kind - which suggests its terrain may be littered with diamonds.  The lead scientist, Dr NikkuMadhusudhan said, "You might see land masses and mountains made up of diamonds". It's core is likely made up of molten diamonds or other carbon compounds.

Before anyone even dreams about exoplanet mining, this planet named Wasp-12b, is 1,200 light years away! It is also incredibly hot, at roughly 2300 degrees C on the side facing its nearby host star.

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7 comments:

  1. My kind of planet. :)

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  2. Fortunately that planet is so far away, that amount of diamonds would upset the Earth's diamond market not to mention DeBeers would be very UN-happy.

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  3. lol at comment by 'almost precious', but I agree with Susan, lol. Well, those far away planets sound so interesting, but they don't just can't compare to our blue marble.

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  4. So...Wasp12b is a girl's best friend?

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  5. Take me to its leader! LOL!

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  6. Sounds awesome. I could only imagine:)

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