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Astronomers Discover Planet Made of Diamond

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LONDON (Reuters) - Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.

"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," said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Lying 4,000 light years away, or around an eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way from the Earth, the planet is probably the remnant of a once-massive star that has lost its outer layers to the so-called pulsar star it orbits.

Pulsars are tiny, dead neutron stars that are only around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in diameter and spin hundreds of times a second, emitting beams of radiation.

In the case of pulsar J1719-1438, the beams regularly sweep the Earth and have been monitored by telescopes in Australia, Britain and Hawaii, allowing astronomers to detect modulations due to the gravitational pull of its unseen companion planet.

The measurements suggest the planet, which orbits its star every two hours and 10 minutes, has slightly more mass than Jupiter but is 20 times as dense, Bailes and colleagues reported in the journal Science on Thursday.

In addition to carbon, the new planet is also likely to contain oxygen, which may be more prevalent at the surface and is probably increasingly rare toward the carbon-rich center.

Its high density suggests the lighter elements of hydrogen and helium, which are the main constituents of gas giants like Jupiter, are not present.

Just what this weird diamond world is actually like close up, however, is a mystery.

"In terms of what it would look like, I don't know I could even speculate," said Ben Stappers of the University of Manchester. "I don't imagine that a picture of a very shiny object is what we're looking at here."

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Diamond in the rough...

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I heard about this last night on the news,which i rarely watch.
Very intriguing indeed.

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So fucking cool

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Pretty much a worthless planet.

Diamond is actually incredibly common, the only reason people think they are rare is because the jewelry companies and several other shady corperations grouped together and allowed only a small fraction to get into the market.

This is why in parts of Africa handfuls of diamonds are traded about for a fraction of their western worth.

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Pretty much a worthless planet.

Diamond is actually incredibly common, the only reason people think they are rare is because the jewelry companies and several other shady corperations grouped together and allowed only a small fraction to get into the market.

This is why in parts of Africa handfuls of diamonds are traded about for a fraction of their western worth.
Absolutely right DeBeirs controls most of the raw diamonds coming from Africa and other places, they create demand by only releasing small quantities shaped and perfected by highly paid gemologist whom work for DeBeirs, they set the prices wholesale to outside dealers. The best of the best they keep and sell at their top end retail stores. They control the supply and demand, they also control their value. Otherwise diamonds would be a great deal cheaper and much more common.

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Pretty much a worthless planet.

Diamond is actually incredibly common, the only reason people think they are rare is because the jewelry companies and several other shady corperations grouped together and allowed only a small fraction to get into the market.

This is why in parts of Africa handfuls of diamonds are traded about for a fraction of their western worth.
The stones you speak of are low grade and only good for use in the manufacturing of diamond tip drills and boring equipment. All of the high quality stones without inclusions are sold on to traders and turned into jewelry.

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