Astronomers Discover “Diamond” Planet

Astronomers Discover

Boy O’ Boy! Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting around a tiny star, which seems to be made of diamond and lies 4,000 light years away from Earth.

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The newly discovered planet is far more dense than any other in the universe, and contains huge carbon content which is calculated to be in crystalline(diamond) form due to planet’s highly dense nature. The high density also suggests that lighter elements like helium and hydrogen are not present.

According to Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne:

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 seems to be a remaining piece of a huge star which gradually lost its outer layers because of continuous orbiting around a pulsar star.

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.

Scientists are still not sure how it actually look like, therefore, the “look” remains a mystery for the time being.

In terms of what it would look like, I don’t know I could even speculate. I don’t imagine that a picture of a very shiny object is what we’re looking at here.

[via Reuters]