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

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. 

Commentarium (17 Comments)

Aug 25 11 - 7:25pm
M0ops

Lucy in the sky....

Aug 25 11 - 7:57pm
Hmmm.

Moops, I love you.

Aug 25 11 - 9:04pm
man

Of course it won't be shiny; diamonds on earth aren't even shiny until they are processed.

Aug 25 11 - 9:51pm
pinkfishnets

They should name it Midnight. And I should stop watching Doctor Who so much.

Aug 29 11 - 7:27pm
julian.

high five bro!

Aug 25 11 - 10:48pm
Left Feeled

All diamonds? Must be a lot of baseball played up there.

Aug 26 11 - 1:57am
lame

women think diamonds are a sign of wealth, when in actuality diamonds arent rare and are only are upcharged because monopolies on blood diamond mines are allowed to exist

Aug 26 11 - 7:30am
Lawrence

A little too much Edward Jay Epstein? =)

Aug 26 11 - 7:10am
Lee

You're planet is now DIAMONDS

Aug 26 11 - 8:31am
M0ops

All we need to do is set it in Saturn's ring....

Aug 26 11 - 9:00am
Me

Ba rum dum!

Aug 26 11 - 8:37am
Steve

They've also discovered a planet made entirely of chocolate...

Aug 26 11 - 8:44am
Randy

One time, i was in a public restroom in Wal-mart, and there was a huge crap floating inside, and right on top of it was a shiny diamond, about the size of a quarter. I eventually managed to pick it out, but after i washed it and took it to a friend, he said it was just a plastic button that looked like a diamond. I'll never be fooled like that again!

Aug 26 11 - 1:06pm
wtf

lolzzzz

Aug 27 11 - 7:39am
Rebeca

This is really interesting dont you just think ? ... imagine if you could go up to this new planet and get diamonds of it you could be rich !! I would anyway. And lol to ^ hahaha xxx

Aug 28 11 - 11:23pm
Vocal

so...space inflation?

Aug 31 11 - 1:25pm
Bettie

I am toaltly wowed and prepared to take the next step now.