Forget The Ritz: A Diamond As Big As A Planet

It’s almost like something out of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, planets custom-made entirely out of platinum or other alluring metals. However an international research team made up of scientists from England, Australia, Germany, Italy and the United States stated that they have stumbled upon a small planet, with a radio telescope, that could be largely made of diamond orbiting pulsar PSR J1719-1438, approximately 595,000 kilometers away from the pulsar while modulating radio waves.

The pulsar, the term for a tiny neutron star that was compressed into its current state during a supernova and gives off radio waves/radiation as it spins hundreds of times per second, itself is around 4,000 light years away from humanity’s current location on Earth.

According to the team, the non-gas planet’s properties could be much more dense than platinum but possesses extraordinary amounts of carbon (along with oxygen) meaning that, along with other discoveries, that the planet must be mostly crystalline due to the dense form of carbon which could possibly be diamond.

Other evidence such as how the density could have shoved hydrogen and helium mostly out of the way proves the planet to be crystalline.

The research team speculated that the planet could be a long lost remnant of a massive star. The diamond planet, estimated to be on the same level of mass as Jupiter but more dense, was noted to be orbiting the pulsar every 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Now everyone is starting to speculate what the planet looks like since a clear image at this point is impossible to procure. Could it be really a planet made of entirely diamond? Does it shine in outer space if light reaches it?

For the latter, scientists say that’s more than possible.

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