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Astronomers discover planet made of diamond
Reuters.com ^ | 8/25/11 | Ben Hirschler - Reuters

Posted on 08/25/2011 12:32:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomers; diamond; diamondplanet; planet

1 posted on 08/25/2011 12:33:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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They should name it ‘Liz’.


2 posted on 08/25/2011 12:34:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Uh oh... Michele Obama just ordered it and put it on the national credit card


3 posted on 08/25/2011 12:34:05 PM PDT by icanhasbailout
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To: NormsRevenge

Planet De Beers.


4 posted on 08/25/2011 12:34:54 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: NormsRevenge

We’ll never again have a shortage of phonograph needles!


5 posted on 08/25/2011 12:35:16 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: NormsRevenge

On this planet, wedding rings feature stones made of coal...


6 posted on 08/25/2011 12:35:25 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too... @Onelifetogive)
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To: icanhasbailout

More likely Callista Gingrich.


7 posted on 08/25/2011 12:35:37 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: NormsRevenge

Evidently, its inhabitants are all female.


8 posted on 08/25/2011 12:37:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: NormsRevenge

We should drag it home and shoot off a ball of garbage to take its place in orbit.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 12:38:38 PM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Fortress of Solitude


10 posted on 08/25/2011 12:39:21 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: NormsRevenge

get the tractor beam ready..


11 posted on 08/25/2011 12:39:47 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: NormsRevenge

12 posted on 08/25/2011 12:39:50 PM PDT by shibumi ("A Republic - if you can keep it.")
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To: NormsRevenge


13 posted on 08/25/2011 12:40:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Onelifetogive

You mean they’ve actually found Bizarro World?


14 posted on 08/25/2011 12:41:51 PM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: NormsRevenge

I had a story idea with a planet made of gold, it’d have almost normal gravity at half the size because of the density.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 12:42:27 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m calling dibs!


16 posted on 08/25/2011 12:43:45 PM PDT by Natural Law (For God so loved the world He did not send a book.)
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

hmmm, sounds like a nice place, I wonder if they have an RV park?

17 posted on 08/25/2011 12:44:23 PM PDT by NativeSon
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To: NormsRevenge
"Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky..."

Did they know something we didn't?

18 posted on 08/25/2011 12:44:44 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: NormsRevenge

I won’t tell my wife cuz she’ll want it.


19 posted on 08/25/2011 12:45:36 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: SunkenCiv

Diamond ping


20 posted on 08/25/2011 12:48:07 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m sure Michelle O’ is bugging BO to have it set into a ring. It would go well with her $500 tennis shoes.


21 posted on 08/25/2011 12:48:37 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Northern Yankee
I think "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" is more suitable.
22 posted on 08/25/2011 12:51:15 PM PDT by toast
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To: GeronL

Would that make you a miner for a heart of gold?


23 posted on 08/25/2011 12:55:11 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: TheOldLady

Martha Jones: What do you think it’s going to be like in Utopia?
Creet: My Mum used to say the sky was made of diamonds.


24 posted on 08/25/2011 12:57:14 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: NormsRevenge
Correction, the planet is made of walnuts.


25 posted on 08/25/2011 12:57:34 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: NormsRevenge

Picture of January Jones as Emma Frost in diamond form coming in 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .


26 posted on 08/25/2011 1:03:43 PM PDT by Jim Hill
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To: NormsRevenge

No one seems to find it odd that astronomers claim to ‘know’ that some planet billions of miles away is made of, yet....

The aren’t sure what the core of the Earth is made of, nor even what is below the crust, and why it behaves as it does.

They don’t know what creatures exist at the bottom of the world’s oceans, and have kept discovering new creatures in environments they SAID were totally UNINHABITABLE by any life form.

They can’t predict the weather for more than a few days, nor can they predict earthquakes or volcanoes.

They keep revising their estimate of the MARCELLUS SHALE contents wildly UP and DOWN.

These scientists have absolutely NO EVIDENCE that any of the ‘carbon’ is in the form of diamond crystals. It is something they ‘conjectured’ and that was picked up by the media as a way to spark interest in the subject.

Remember, last week, IIRC, we had discovered the DARKEST PLANET in the Universe. (Which is a wild claim considering the fact that based on current theory of the formation of the Universe, there is a large portion of the Universe which is, and will FOREVER be, beyond our perception, due to the speed of light).

NOW, this does not mean that there is NOT a planet made mostly or even entirely of diamonds. But for scientists to claim they have found one, is seemingly status quo lately for scientists who find that wild speculation is what sells ‘print’.


27 posted on 08/25/2011 1:06:38 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: NormsRevenge

Planets are a girl’s best friend?


28 posted on 08/25/2011 1:06:38 PM PDT by mitch5501 (My guitar wants to kill your momma!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Another case in point.

"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. "

Dead, huh?

29 posted on 08/25/2011 1:09:37 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Larry Lucido

I think gold prices on that world would be very low. lol.


30 posted on 08/25/2011 1:12:00 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if a gal named lucy is up there...


31 posted on 08/25/2011 1:20:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: NormsRevenge

32 posted on 08/25/2011 1:21:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: UCANSEE2
NOW, this does not mean that there is NOT a planet made mostly or even entirely of diamonds. But for scientists to claim they have found one, is seemingly status quo lately for scientists who find that wild speculation is what sells ‘print’.

Good post. I'm with you on this, like the recent report of space aliens concerned about global warming.

33 posted on 08/25/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: youngidiot

Tempting, but you just can’t take all the liberals and blast them all into space.

That was going to be your ‘ball of garbage’, right?


34 posted on 08/25/2011 1:50:21 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
like the recent report of space aliens concerned about global warming.

Yeah, but we know that is true, because....ah... it's on the internet. (/s)


35 posted on 08/26/2011 9:51:58 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: Secret Agent Man; youngidiot
but you just can’t take all the liberals and blast them all into space.

Yeah. Not enough ships and fuel. However, providing those resources would be a good way to stimulate the economy.

36 posted on 08/26/2011 9:54:44 AM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: toast

I like it!


37 posted on 08/27/2011 6:25:40 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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