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Astronomers Reveal Planet Is Made Of Diamond
A planet about 40 light years away and twice the size of Earth is made largely out of diamond, astronomers have said.
The rocky planet, called 55 Cancri e, which is in the constellation of Cancer, is orbiting a sun-like star that is visible with the naked eye.
Discovered by a US-Franco research team, the planet's radius is twice that of Earth's and its mass eight times greater. Temperatures on its surface reach 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,648 Celsius).
"The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite," said Nikku Madhusudhan, the Yale researcher whose findings are due to be published in scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The study, with Olivier Mousis at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetologie in Toulose, France, estimates that at least a third of the planet's mass could be diamond.
Diamond planets have been spotted before but this is the first time one has been seen orbiting a sun-like star and studied in such detail.
"This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth," Dr Madhusudhan said.
He added that the discovery of the carbon-rich planet means distant rocky planets can no longer be assumed to have chemical constituents, interiors, atmospheres, or biologies similar to Earth.
David Spergel, an astronomer at Princeton University, said it was relatively simple to work out the basic structure and history of a star once you know its mass and age.
He said: "Planets are much more complex. This diamond-rich super-Earth is likely just one example of the rich sets of discoveries that await us as we begin to explore planets around nearby stars."
what do you think?
Let's rob them of all there assets, then pretend we giving them democracy and freedom.
part 2, when we rob them of everything they got, then they come here and claim asylum
part 3, they turn to drugs and drink, as they are treated like 2nd class citizens
Great News Beaverbrooks put all their diamond rings half price.
you wait some multi million dollar rich idiot will have a sudden brain wave idea of going thetr to mine for the stuff
It will happen..
Brian E Gorton
We are not all thieves!! Ali Baba ? By the way Ali Baba was one of the forty thieves was he not!!!!
now its george bush and the 40 thieves:)
Hold on...before anyone gets any ideas, that belongs to me. I dropped it from a hot air balloon some years ago. At least now I know where it went.
All joking aside, no one owns it so who's stopping you putting a claim on it, you won't benefit from it but pass the paperwork through the family and i a few generations time they could be very rich.
i saw u drop it 10% please