I Claim It, It's Mine: Planet Made Of Diamond

August 25, 2011


I'll believe it when it cuts through a glass giant.

Astronomers are claiming they've found a planet made entirely of diamond. Interesting, but if you really wanted to capture the public's attention you should have said it was made out of chili cheese fries and has a milkshake orbiting it.

The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.

"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," said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Lying 4,000 light years away, or around an eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way from the Earth, the planet is probably the remnant of a once-massive star that has lost its outer layers to the so-called pulsar star it orbits.

I hereby publicly claim Diamondtopia as my own. Now, has anybody here played enough Minecraft/Starcraft to feel comfortable setting up a mining operation on the planet? Awesome. Also, we're gonna need some serious firepower in case there's any Na'vi.

Astronomers discover planet made of diamond [reuters]

Thanks to CB and Evil Ares, who would've settled for smoky quartz planets. And to Mr. Fancy, who wouldn't accept anything less than ruby or emerald.

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