Got a Spaceship? Planet Made of Diamonds Up for Grabs!

Author: Steve Woods
Published: August 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then anyone with a fast enough spaceship and time on their hands could very well become the friend of just about every woman on the planet.

Just 4,000 light years away, I give you Pulsar J1719-1438, a tiny star with an orbiting planet roughly the same mass as the enormous gas giant Jupiter, but 20 times as dense, and completely made of pressurized carbon.

You can read that last part as diamonds. 1.899x1027 kilograms of them, give or take a few 10 powers for the surface materials covering the expensive and blingy stuff.

Astronomers in Austrialia, the UK and Hawaii have been keeping their eyes on Pulsar J1719-1438 and its sparkly planet for some time now, and have come to the conclusion that not only does the planet have a diamond core, but may also have oxygen on the surface.

If there’s enough oxygen, I suppose you wouldn’t even need to wear a space suit while chipping off stones that would make even the Hope Diamond look like a grain of sand.

I guess this means a new space race is on.


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