Astronomers have a theory that a planet they just discovered might be made of diamond at the center. Talk about a cool planet! Now the big question is, how long do you think it will be before the jewelry industry tries to find a way to harvest it? Can you imagine how expensive a space diamond would be?
Let’s look at why scientists think this is a diamond planet. The planet is located 4,000 light years away from Earth, but is still located in our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is highly dense, moreso than any other known planet, and because of its density it is speculated that its largely made up of carbon in the crystalline form, aka, diamond. Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, describes it:
“The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun.
And Ben Stappers of the University of Manchester adds, “In terms of what it would look like, I don’t know I could even speculate. I don’t imagine that a picture of a very shiny object is what we’re looking at here.” [via Yahoo News]
So, Lovelies, what do you think of this “diamond planet”? Could it be true?