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Mystery glow is due to spinning nanodiamonds

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Waspie_Dwarf

Never have the lyrics of a nursery rhyme been so apt:

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

 

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carolinacottontail

Diamonds are a girl's best friend!

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pallidin

Could someone explain how spinning nanodiamonds emit microwave radiation?

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seanjo

All radiation is just light at different wavelengths.

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Merc14
8 hours ago, pallidin said:

Could someone explain how spinning nanodiamonds emit microwave radiation?

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Due to a unique arrangement of atoms, nanodiamonds emit radiation as they spin, leading to the glow detected by astronomers on Earth.

As they spin so exceptionally fast, the waves of radiation they emit are small – microwave sized – rather than larger wavelengths that would likely be drowned out by other sources of radiation from space.

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