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Planet made of diamond discovered

Posted on Friday, 26 August, 2011 | Comment icon 43 comments | News tip by: david_36

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A planet formed from a dead star in orbit around a pulsar is believed to have crystallized in to diamond.

In a solar system 4,000 light years away that is completely alien to our own, the pulsar around which the planet orbits rotates at a staggering rate of 10,000 rotations per minute, is only 12 miles across but has a mass greater than that of our sun.

"A newly discovered alien planet that formed from a dead star is a real diamond in the rough."

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Comment icon #34 Posted by MarkmBha on 27 August, 2011, 14:59
A solid diamond planet! So... ?
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hybrid89 on 27 August, 2011, 22:48
Have to agree, makes one wonder whats exactly out there.
Comment icon #36 Posted by darkestlight on 28 August, 2011, 2:13
Of course...supply and demand, filbert. It just reminds me of how small everything and everyone remain...a galactic pin for the earthly ego...Of course...supply and demand, filbert. It just reminds me of how small everything and everyone remain...a ming blowingly colossal pin for the earthly ego...Of course...supply and demand, filbert. It just reminds me of how small everything and everyone remain...a mind blowingly colossal pin for the earthly ego...
Comment icon #37 Posted by darkestlight on 28 August, 2011, 2:15
Im starting to hate my smartphone. Deeply.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hybrid89 on 28 August, 2011, 18:49
Im starting to agree with you hahaha
Comment icon #39 Posted by MissMelsWell on 28 August, 2011, 19:26
It's true. Diamonds aren't very rare at all; they're just expensive. Hence the reason I don't really wear them, there are other clear stones that are nice too if you have to have clear. I wear a 4 carat clear stone ring set in rose and white gold. The stone is a Danburite. They're worth about $30 a carat (if that). Gem quality Danburite is one of the rarist naturally clear stones in the world. The supplies in the US Carolinas and in Mexico are depleated. They are no longer being mined. There is a stone coming out of China right now that some dealers are calling D... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by lostinthecrowd on 1 September, 2011, 3:57
Didn't read any of the posts but I totally called it. The moment they found that really black planet people were saying its Darkied and I was like wait, they will find a crystal or diamond planet in a month or so....and they did. It's so weird.
Comment icon #41 Posted by psyche101 on 1 September, 2011, 4:22
Sorry if you are referring to me, but I meant that the link in the OP was the one I had just stumbled across. No point in posting it twice.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Taut on 1 September, 2011, 6:38
How many carats do you suppose?
Comment icon #43 Posted by psyche101 on 1 September, 2011, 8:20
Enough to make Bugs Bunny jealous. That's all folks!

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