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Scientists found a new planet, and it’s made of diamonds

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Diamond planet

It's cool enough whenever astronomers find a new planet, but what would be even cooler? A planet made entirely of diamonds, obviously. This shiny, nerdy fantasy is now a reality, as scientists have found a planet 4,000 light-years away from earth consisting of carbon and denser than any other planet known to the scientific community.

It's so dense, in fact, that scientists believe it to be crystalline, and one researcher explained, "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."

No one is yet sure what it would actually look like up close, and initial hypotheses suggest that it wouldn't actually be sparkly, but until we have conclusive evidence, let's just assume it looks exactly how you'd expect a massive, orbiting diamond to look. Trust me — it's better this way.