Posted on Friday, 26 August, 2011 | 43 comments| News tip by: david_36
Image credit: NASA
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."