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Astronomers spy 10 billion trillion trillion-carat diamond (Vey Hugh!)
Sac Bee ^ | 2/13/04 | AP - LA

Posted on 02/13/2004 2:33:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Edited on 04/12/2004 6:05:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - If anyone's ever promised you the sun, the moon and the stars, tell 'em you'll settle for BPM 37093.

The heart of that burned-out star with the no-nonsense name is a sparkling diamond that weighs a staggering 10 billion trillion trillion carats. That's one followed by 34 zeros.


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1 posted on 02/13/2004 2:33:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Honey, look what I got ya!

HaPPy Valentine's Day!

2 posted on 02/13/2004 2:34:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Support OurTroops!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I don't suppose this will cause a crash in the price of diamonds here, will it?
4 posted on 02/13/2004 2:38:08 PM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
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To: msdrby
Happy Valentines Dear
5 posted on 02/13/2004 2:40:13 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Spirit & Opportunity~The race is ON! Which will find the first Martian trout stream.)
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To: NormsRevenge
You just know there's a woman out there right now who is already hounding her sugar daddy for that rock.
6 posted on 02/13/2004 2:40:56 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: ovrtaxt
While I can visualize your comment as being toungue-in-cheek, I find your tag line highly offensive.
7 posted on 02/13/2004 2:41:15 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: EggsAckley
oops......toungue = tongue
8 posted on 02/13/2004 2:41:55 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: ovrtaxt
Yes, but the price of the setting is going to make it way too expensive...
9 posted on 02/13/2004 2:42:00 PM PST by talleyman (E=mc2 (before taxes))
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To: ovrtaxt; xzins; Alamo-Girl; editor-surveyor; Commander8; RnMomof7
The hunk of celestial bling is an estimated 2,500 miles across, said Travis Metcalfe, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "You would need a jeweler's loupe the size of the sun to grade this diamond," said Metcalfe, who led the team that discovered the gem. The diamond is a massive chunk of crystallized carbon that lies about 300 trillion miles from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus.

A 'four-square' type of 'New Jerusalem'.

(Romans 10:17)

Maranatha!!

10 posted on 02/13/2004 2:42:23 PM PST by maestro
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't tell De Beers.
11 posted on 02/13/2004 2:42:48 PM PST by cyborg
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To: NormsRevenge
Is it just me or is ovrtxt's (#3) tag line offensive?

"(You got an extra Koran? I'm like totally out of toilet paper.)" see post #3
12 posted on 02/13/2004 2:45:09 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: EggsAckley
it's friday. Some may have started happy hour a bit too early.
13 posted on 02/13/2004 2:47:38 PM PST by cyborg
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To: EggsAckley
What would you propose...? The "A" BomB perhaps.. send it to the fellows in the booth for review ;-]

Happy Valentines Day! 8-]
14 posted on 02/13/2004 2:48:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Support OurTroops!)
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To: NormsRevenge; cyborg
Yeah......looking forward to four o'clock myself........
15 posted on 02/13/2004 2:50:39 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: EggsAckley
We're doin' a movie at 4 ourselves and then maybe dinner.. gonna go see "Miracle" , should be pretty good. We won one, for a change .. against all odds :-}
16 posted on 02/13/2004 2:53:16 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Support OurTroops!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Wonder what the gravity there would be like.
17 posted on 02/13/2004 2:53:22 PM PST by mercy
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To: NormsRevenge
Mrs. Kobe has bookmarked this article to use for Kobe's next transgression.
18 posted on 02/13/2004 2:57:56 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: EggsAckley
Actually I kind of like it.

It's definitely witty.

It's definitely not PC.

And it shows exactly the amount of respect that those who "follow" it have earned.

I think it's nifty.
19 posted on 02/13/2004 3:00:04 PM PST by American_Centurion (Daisy-cutters trump a wiretap anytime - Nicole Gelinas)
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To: NormsRevenge
Lucky you!! Have a great time, and a great weekend, too!
20 posted on 02/13/2004 3:00:37 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: NormsRevenge
10 billion trillion trillion carat diamond. Ok, fine, if I can have that, you can put me onto the metrosexual list.
21 posted on 02/13/2004 3:01:16 PM PST by kingu (Freepmail me if you want to be added or removed from the Survivor ping list.)
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To: ovrtaxt
In related news, the Hasidic community announced their plan to build a giant starship with really big diamond cutting tools.

Don't need a spaceship. Just tether yourself to Liz Taylor and float along ....

22 posted on 02/13/2004 3:01:53 PM PST by sphinx
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To: mercy
what the gravity there would be

If it crushes coal into diamonds, it is so strong it would crush an SUV to a thickness of a picture of an SUV. Not the paper the picture is printed on, the ink on the paper.

23 posted on 02/13/2004 3:02:04 PM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: NormsRevenge
Twinkle, twinkle, little star...
24 posted on 02/13/2004 3:04:43 PM PST by c-five
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To: EggsAckley
I like it.

L

25 posted on 02/13/2004 3:07:17 PM PST by Lurker (Don't bite the hand that meads you.)
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To: cyborg
Don't tell De Beers.

Eff that...don't tell my wife!

26 posted on 02/13/2004 3:10:05 PM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Lurker
Yeah....I'm warming up to it. I think it was the infected tooth typing. Pain med wearing off.

Cheers!
27 posted on 02/13/2004 3:13:07 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: Ancesthntr
LOL
28 posted on 02/13/2004 3:14:10 PM PST by cyborg
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To: NormsRevenge
"The heart of that burned-out star with the no-nonsense name is a sparkling diamond that weighs a staggering 10 billion trillion trillion carats."

How scientific of them.
29 posted on 02/13/2004 3:14:43 PM PST by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.html)
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To: NormsRevenge
"James, how are we going to get those diamonds down from there?"
30 posted on 02/13/2004 3:46:39 PM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: EggsAckley
Is it just me or is ovrtxt's (#3) tag line offensive?

Only to Muslims or people who care that Muslims might be offended

Which doesn't describe a huge majority of people on FR. Or me.

31 posted on 02/13/2004 3:53:09 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Sofa King
"How scientific of them."

LOL!!! Maybe eventually NASA can start paying for it's own missions and help out with the national debt as well. Good motivator for getting the lead out of their arses and start delivering the starships and space cruisers we've been dreaming about for 50 years.
32 posted on 02/13/2004 3:56:57 PM PST by AppauledAtAppeasementConservat (An educated fool, in the end, is still a fool.)
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To: SauronOfMordor
Yeah, I've backed off from it. I think my tooth pain made me do it. LOL!


N.E.E.D. M.E.D.S!
33 posted on 02/13/2004 3:57:08 PM PST by EggsAckley (...............TROLL PATROL...on duty.........................)
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To: NormsRevenge
It's probably been about 20 years since Arthur Clarke suggested that the center of Jupiter might be a moon sized diamond due to the fact that spectroanalysis showed carbon to be one of the heaviest elements detected on Jupiter and naturally the heaviest elements might be expected to settle in the center of the planet where they would endure crushing pressures, very high heat and millennia of both. Pretty prescient of the guy
34 posted on 02/13/2004 4:34:35 PM PST by muir_redwoods
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To: NormsRevenge
The diamond is a massive chunk of crystallized carbon that lies about 300 trillion miles from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus.

Assuming I didn't misplace a decimal, that's only 51 light-years away.

35 posted on 02/13/2004 4:34:58 PM PST by NovemberCharlie
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To: NormsRevenge
Very cool.

Did you just see Bobby Labonte on Hardball with Chris Matthews? If not checkout the rerun. I'll try to remember to post a link to the transcript on the 500 thread when it's available.

36 posted on 02/13/2004 5:09:23 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: blam
Ping!
37 posted on 02/13/2004 5:12:24 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: NormsRevenge
Quiet - we're trying to read here:
38 posted on 02/13/2004 5:15:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: StriperSniper
Nuke it!
39 posted on 02/13/2004 5:16:16 PM PST by blam
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To: StriperSniper
Nuke it!
40 posted on 02/13/2004 5:16:25 PM PST by blam
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To: EggsAckley; ovrtaxt
No, EggsAckley............I think ovrtaxt nailed it perfectly.
41 posted on 02/13/2004 5:19:59 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: blam
Nuke it!

LOL!

I doubt that would scratch it, better try a chunk of antimatter the size of a small moon. ;-)

42 posted on 02/13/2004 5:21:01 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: NormsRevenge
Kobe Bryant's wife will have that puppy on her hand by Christmas ;-)
43 posted on 02/13/2004 5:28:10 PM PST by varon
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To: NormsRevenge
Calling this a diamond is rather a stretch. From Astronomers Find a Huge Diamond in Space: "It is 2,500 miles across and weighs 5 million trillion trillion pounds, which translates to approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats, or a one followed by 34 zeros."

That works out to 66647 kg/cc, compared to 0.0035 kg/cc for diamond. ( By my calculation. )

The tremendous density of a white dwarf is possible because all the electrons have been squeezed into conduction bands, leaving the nuclei to interact among themselves. This already happens at the center of the sun, where the density is about 300 times that of water, but there the nuclei are still spread thin, so that they form a gas.

At the higher densities of a neutron star, the nuclei are much closer together and the claim is that they condense into a crystalline phase wherein they retain a regular spacing.

This is nothing to do with diamond, notwithstanding that these are carbon nuclei. The salient feature of diamond is the tetravalent bonding which gives it the eponymous "diamond structure", and this is completely lacking in the white dwarf.

44 posted on 02/13/2004 5:31:40 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew
cool universe indeed ... boggles one's mind sometimes..

45 posted on 02/13/2004 7:19:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Support OurTroops!)
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To: dr_lew
At the higher densities of a neutron star, the nuclei are much closer together and the claim is that they condense into a crystalline phase wherein they retain a regular spacing.

Oops. I meant, "At the higher densities of a white dwarf ..."

46 posted on 02/13/2004 8:05:47 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: NormsRevenge
I just spoke to the International Star Registry people and for a mere $49.95 I have renamed this diamond star for Mrs. Swordmaker.

Beat you all the the punch... and its official too... they "registered it, it in book form, with the US Copyright office"... so there!
47 posted on 02/13/2004 8:25:58 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tagline shut down for renovations and repairs. Re-open June of 2001.)
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To: maestro
Very interesting. Maranatha!!
48 posted on 02/13/2004 8:27:46 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: dr_lew
dr_lew said: This is nothing to do with diamond, notwithstanding that these are carbon nuclei. The salient feature of diamond is the tetravalent bonding which gives it the eponymous "diamond structure", and this is completely lacking in the white dwarf.

Now, for extra credit...

Would there be a pressure gradient along a radius of the star?

Would the pressure gradient result in a density gradient?

Would the resulting density near the surface allow for anything remotely "resembling" diamond?

49 posted on 02/13/2004 10:51:43 PM PST by William Tell
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To: RightOnline; EggsAckley; Lurker; cyborg; American_Centurion; sphinx; SauronOfMordor; ...
Wow, sorry about the tagline problem. I've been using it for weeks off and on. I also had taglines referring to the Communist Manifesto and Nafta in the same regard, but it seems the FR powers that be have deleted them for me.

Funny, I haven't had issue one with FR administration since I've been here, up until about 2 months ago.

Is it me, am I just suddenly now more offensive and over the top, or does FR have new blood in the Admin group? Perhaps we should all just get castrated and talk like pundits on a cable news channel.

Remember Debbie Schlussel? After 911 she got on TV and stated that the US should work toward a policy of converting Muslims to Christianity. The howling and screaming was deafening. I thought she was absolutely right. Is FR getting to be like that?
50 posted on 02/14/2004 4:15:34 AM PST by ovrtaxt (EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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