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Astronomers Reveal Planet Is Made Of Diamond
Sky News ^ | 3:51pm UK, Thursday 11 October 2012

Posted on 10/11/2012 2:33:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai

A planet about 40 light years away and twice the size of Earth is made largely out of diamond, astronomers have said. The rocky planet, called 55 Cancri e, which is in the constellation of Cancer, is orbiting a sun-like star that is visible with the naked eye.

Discovered by a US-Franco research team, the planet's radius is twice that of Earth's and its mass eight times greater. Temperatures on its surface reach 3,900°F (1,648°C).

"The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite," said Nikku Madhusudhan, the Yale researcher whose findings are due to be published in scientific journal The Astrophysical Journal Letters. …

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science
KEYWORDS: 55cancri; 55cancrie; xplanets

1 posted on 10/11/2012 2:33:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai; KevinDavis; SunkenCiv

cool.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 2:34:28 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

De Beers ain’t gonna like this.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 2:35:23 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: Olog-hai

Kobe Bryant is wondering how many times he can cheat with that rock at his disposal.


4 posted on 10/11/2012 2:37:02 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Olog-hai

“How do I love thee, let me count the ways...”


5 posted on 10/11/2012 2:37:31 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Olog-hai

Quick - short diamonds!


6 posted on 10/11/2012 2:37:42 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Olog-hai

And it’s inhabited by those green women from Star Trek!


7 posted on 10/11/2012 2:42:39 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Olog-hai

Well, where do you expect the Gabor’s go for Heaven?


8 posted on 10/11/2012 2:45:45 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Olog-hai

It seems odd that a planet would be made mostly of carbon. I’d assume that solid planets would be made up of the usual dispersion of supernova debris, lots of stuff from Z=8 to Z=30.

Unless there is a spectroscopic signature strongly pointing to diamond, graphite, or carbon buckyballs, I’ll chalk this one up to wild speculation and a “journalist” to report it.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 2:46:50 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Olog-hai
Anyone interested in investing in a private, for profit operation to mine diamonds please FRmail me. Please include, name, address, social security number, and primary bank account number. I will organize the entire mission.
10 posted on 10/11/2012 2:47:04 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (The truth hurts)
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To: Olog-hai

Wonder what carbon credits go for there.


11 posted on 10/11/2012 2:47:57 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: rsobin
De Beers ain’t gonna like this.

If they can't get their hands on it first, they'll just start referring to it as a conflict planet and no one will want to touch it.
12 posted on 10/11/2012 2:48:35 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
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To: Olog-hai

"You betta bring NASA back in your next term, fool!"


13 posted on 10/11/2012 2:50:26 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: Olog-hai

Key word = LIKELY

BAD SCIENCE


14 posted on 10/11/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT by BereanBrain
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To: COBOL2Java

Hey! What does “Aunt Esther” have to do with all this? ;o)

P.S. If there ever was a “poster face” for the saying, “A face that could make a freight train take a dirt road,” that’s the face!


15 posted on 10/11/2012 2:58:30 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Olog-hai; blueunicorn6
Well, it looks like they found the planet Midnight from Doctor Who. (And, no, it's not inhabited by the green women from Star Trek. You really, really don't want to meet the inhabitant(s?). Though, with proper shielding, it makes a lovely resort planet.)
16 posted on 10/11/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: BereanBrain

Probably good science and bad reporting. I expect that the researchers did a specto analysis that showed a lot of carbon, then based on the conditions concluded that a lot of the carbon could be in the form of diamonds. The reporter would conclude that possible=likely.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 3:00:39 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: blueunicorn6

We better hurry! Harcourt Fenton Mudd is already on his way there.


18 posted on 10/11/2012 3:21:50 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Olog-hai
To bad Neil Armstrong can't put down the first Carbon Footprint.
19 posted on 10/11/2012 3:23:04 PM PDT by fish hawk
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To: TigersEye
You cannot have the diamond. They belong to our people.
20 posted on 10/11/2012 3:53:42 PM PDT by Morris70
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To: Morris70

Ohhh, baby! Ever had a chocolate bar? ;-)


21 posted on 10/11/2012 3:57:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Olog-hai

Arthur C Clarke wrote in his book 2069 about a giant diamond at our disposal. With diamond in abundance it would be possible to build an elevator to orbit. Razor sharp knives that are stronger and lighter than the best steal. Pots and pans of diamond would clean easy while heating instantly and diffuse heat very well as it it the best thermal conductor.


22 posted on 10/11/2012 4:26:35 PM PDT by IDFbunny
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To: GeronL; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks GeronL.
 
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23 posted on 10/11/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
And then they find out the residents of it are speaking Korean... "내 세계에 오신 것을 환영합니다"
24 posted on 10/11/2012 5:29:39 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com 내 세계에 오신 것을 &#54)
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To: SunkenCiv

except on taglines


25 posted on 10/11/2012 5:31:13 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Anyone interested in investing in a private, for profit operation to mine diamonds please FRmail me. Please include, name, address, social security number, and primary bank account number. I will organize the entire mission.

Name: Dudley P. Fudpucker
Address: 666 Brooklyn Bridge Ave.
Social: Whichever one O is using at the moment

I suppose you'll need my bank's routing number. Hold on I'll go look it up.

26 posted on 10/11/2012 5:58:48 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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