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Massive diamond planet discovered


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#1    jugoso

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:57 PM


A large, rocky planet composed partially of diamonds has been discovered by astronomers at Yale University.

The planet, called 55 Cancri e, has a radius twice as big as Earth’s and a mass eight times greater. It is one of five planets that orbit a star 40 light years from Earth.

“This is our first glimpse of a world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth,” said lead researcher Nikku Madhusudhan, a Yale postdoctoral researcher in physics and astronomy.

“The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite.”

The planet orbits exceedingly quickly. Its year lasts just 18 hours, in contrast to Earth’s 365 days.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:52 AM

18 hour orbit!
It must be incredibly close to it's star.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:12 AM

I read about that. Pretty crazy...

In other news the US has increased NASA's budget 10 fold to focus on space travel...

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:31 AM

very interesting indeed!
i was googling how diamonds are formed on other planets after reading this and i ran into a cool article bout diamonds being formed from methane. i'm thinking hey my boyfriend produces a lot of methane...could we harness this??
http://www.spacedail...carbon-99d.html


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:41 AM

View PostJGirl, on 12 October 2012 - 03:31 AM, said:

very interesting indeed!
i was googling how diamonds are formed on other planets after reading this and i ran into a cool article bout diamonds being formed from methane. i'm thinking hey my boyfriend produces a lot of methane...could we harness this??
http://www.spacedail...carbon-99d.html

You could harness it , but your diamond will be the rare brown type :no:

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:43 AM

Diamond planet huh....how I wish to live there (if it were possible).

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:27 AM

View Posttipotep, on 12 October 2012 - 03:41 AM, said:

You could harness it , but your diamond will be the rare brown type :no:

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

Sounds like my kinda planet.....I'm all for the bling!


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:10 PM

View PostJGirl, on 12 October 2012 - 03:31 AM, said:

very interesting indeed!
i was googling how diamonds are formed on other planets after reading this and i ran into a cool article bout diamonds being formed from methane. i'm thinking hey my boyfriend produces a lot of methane...could we harness this??
http://www.spacedail...carbon-99d.html

Well don't they need some sort of applied pressure to form. He may not be up for that kind of "packing".

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:42 PM

Amazing. I bet we'll end up mining it way in the future.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:26 PM

In other news, the DeBeers company has announced the building of a huge new vault...


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:04 PM

If I did my math right.... And if that planet is solid diamond...  It is approx. 1,337,576,923,076,920,000,000,000,000,000 carats...

At an average price of $2,500 per carat (?) the planet's book value is approx $3,343,942,307,692,310,000,000,000,000,000,000...


Practical value (since it's so huge and so far away..) $0....

Edited by Taun, 12 October 2012 - 08:05 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:49 PM

It's a dream come true!


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:25 PM

Are there any rings around it??


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

This planet is "A Girls Best Friend". lol





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