Diamond Planet Discovery, Astronomers Discover Palnet Made of Diamonds

Astronomers have made a sparkling discovery, they claim to have found a planet entirely made of diamonds.

Astronomers have made a sparkling discovery, they claim to have found a planet entirely made of diamonds.

An international team of scientists, who reported their discovery in the journal Science, said they have unearthed a once-massive star in the Milky Way that has been transformed into a small planet made of the precious rock.

The team — made up of scientists from Australia, Italy, Germany, Britain and the US — first detected an unusual star, called a pulsar, and followed up their discovery using a telescope based in an observatory in Cheshire.

Pulsars are small spinning stars more than ten miles in diameter — the size of a small city — that emit a beam of radio waves.

The researchers think that the “diamond planet” is all that remains of the original star, most of whose matter was siphoned off towards the pulsar.

The companion planet is small, at less than 40,000 miles wide — about five times the diameter of Earth.

But it is so close to the pulsar that if it were a bit bigger it would have been ripped apart by the gravitational force of the star, which rotates more than 10,000 times per minute and has a mass of about 1.4 times that of the sun.

“This remnant is likely to be largely carbon and oxygen, because a star made of lighter elements like hydrogen and helium would be too big to fit the measured orbiting times,” said research team member Dr Michael Keith of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia.

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  1. Aroosa Hermosa Says...

    On August 31, 2011 at 3:28 am

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  5. vidhi Says...

    On September 5, 2011 at 1:29 am

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    On September 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

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