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Diamond Planet May Not Be So Precious

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:36 PM

Diamond 'Super-Earth' May Not be Quite as Precious, UA Graduate Student Finds


University of Arizona said:

An alien world reported to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature, according to a new analysis led by UA graduate student Johanna Teske.

A planet 40 light years from our solar system, believed to be the first-ever discovered planet to consist largely of diamond, may in fact be of less exquisite nature, according to new research led by University of Arizona astronomy graduate student Johanna Teske.

Revisiting public data from previous telescope observations, Teske's team analyzed the available data in more detail and concluded that carbon the chemical element diamonds are made of appears to be less abundant in relation to oxygen in the planet's host star and by extension, perhaps the planet than was suggested by a study of the host star published in 2010.

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