Oct 172012

This planet is one huge diamond

Astronomers who discovered a planet in 2004 which is twice the size of Earth, now think is made up mostly of diamonds. The name of the planet is 55 Cancri e  forty lights years away from earth but visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. Nikku Madhusudhan, a Yale researcher said “The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite”.


planet This planet is a diamond!

New research  suggests that the planet has no water at all but to be composed of carbon as graphite, diamond, iron, and silicon carbide. It is also incredibly hot, with temperatures on its surface reaching 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,648 Celsius). ’55 Cancri e’ orbits it’s star, equivalent to our sun at great speed and a year in its life takes only 18 hours.



Cancer This planet is a diamond!

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Diamond planets have been seen before but this is the first time one has been seen orbiting a sun like star and studied in detail. Here on Earth our interior is rich in oxygen but not so in carbon. The planet can be seen in the constellation of Cancer as in pic with binoculars or telescope, and if you look carefully you can see the price tag hanging from the bottom icon smile This planet is a diamond!

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