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Shark_Blade
14-09-11, 06:09
http://news.yahoo.com/astronomers-discover-planet-made-diamond-014913051.html


Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

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.

Pulsars are tiny, dead neutron stars that are only around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in diameter and spin hundreds of times a second, emitting beams of radiation.

In the case of pulsar J1719-1438, the beams regularly sweep the Earth and have been monitored by telescopes in Australia, Britain and Hawaii, allowing astronomers to detect modulations due to the gravitational pull of its unseen companion planet.

The measurements suggest the planet, which orbits its star every two hours and 10 minutes, has slightly more mass than Jupiter but is 20 times as dense, Bailes and colleagues reported in the journal Science on Thursday.

In addition to carbon, the new planet is also likely to contain oxygen, which may be more prevalent at the surface and is probably increasingly rare toward the carbon-rich center.

Its high density suggests the lighter elements of hydrogen and helium, which are the main constituents of gas giants like Jupiter, are not present.

Just what this weird diamond world is actually like close up, however, is a mystery.

"In terms of what it would look like, I don't know I could even speculate," said Ben Stappers of the University of Manchester. "I don't imagine that a picture of a very shiny object is what we're looking at here."

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See you later guys, Imma go catch the next rocket and mine me some diamonds. :wve::D

drakl0r
14-09-11, 06:16
Awesome! I'd like to get my hands on some too :p

Spong
14-09-11, 06:25
This story was posted a few weeks back...

Astronomers may have discovered planet made of diamond! (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=184441)

It's a cool story though. And I still think they should call the planet 'Midnight' :tmb:

Heckler
14-09-11, 06:31
And I still think they should call the planet 'Midnight' :tmb:
http://www.fancyhouseroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/marilyn_monroe_diamonds_are_a_girls_best_friend.jp g
Or Marilyn perhaps...:D

Alpharaider47
14-09-11, 07:14
I believe I did once make a comment about how this will get Africa to develop a space program :vlol:

However, has anyone considered that perhaps some alien race will have mined said planet before we ever reach it? :mis:

Heckler
14-09-11, 07:18
I believe I did once make a comment about how this will get Africa to develop a space program :vlol:



:vlol:
Africans and diamonds...
Some Africans will sell their mothers for diamonds...:D

Alpharaider47
14-09-11, 07:19
:vlol:
Africans and diamonds...
Some Africans will sell their mothers for diamonds...:D

Hey, the incentive is right! I finally understand why Halo's Earth sequences take place in "New Mombasa" :vlol:

Saman
14-09-11, 08:05
:vlol:
Africans and diamonds...
Some Africans will sell their mothers for diamonds...:D

Unfortulantey true story, what was that name of movie with action Leonardo DiCaprio?

Blood Diamond , I'm seen the movie and shocked by what have diamond hunters doing to African people, it's horrible!

Hey, the incentive is right! I finally understand why Halo's Earth sequences take place in "New Mombasa" :vlol:

lol! I'm sure aliens don't even knows how much important this part of piece for humans on the earth!

Let's go rent a shuttle and conquer that planet :D

Alpharaider47
14-09-11, 08:09
lol! I'm sure aliens don't even knows how much important this part of piece for humans on the earth!

Let's go rent a shuttle and conquer that planet :D

You never know, those aliens might have hard stone fetishes too...

A shuttle? Let's get us a bloody cruiser! :p

Heckler
14-09-11, 08:16
Unfortulantey true story, what was that name of movie with action Leonardo DiCaprio?

Blood Diamond , I'm seen the movie and shocked by what have diamond hunters doing to African people, it's horrible!


Fortunately our generation does not care about the past. Otherwise we would still be killing eachother for pointless reason.
We let people in old age home live in their bubble of silly war....
Most of us grew up with and befriended native Africans. I know Sotho way better than Dutch, French and Greek.
:D

digitizedboy
14-09-11, 09:33
Cool story, I read this one a few weeks ago.

They discovered another planet as well with unusual features. It is black as coal, and only reflects 1% of light from its star.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194023.html

I think this must be where hell is.

Avalon SARL
14-09-11, 09:41
If this is true, does it mean we are all going to become rich?

Shark_Blade
14-09-11, 10:05
If this is true, does it mean we are all going to become rich?If we can reach that planet that is.

Gabi
14-09-11, 10:09
Please continue in the existing thread.
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=184441&page=3