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IS THIS THE BIGGEST DIAMOND EVER?

Is this the biggest rock ever? Astronomers discover planet made of DIAMONDS
By Gareth Finighan
Last updated at 8:22 AM on 26th August 2011

Comments (34)[/*] Add to My Stories[/*] Share[/*][/list]It is certainly what you could call a gem of a discovery.
Astronomers believe they have found an entire planet made of diamonds.
Scientists at the University of Manchester think they have unearthed a once-massive star in the Milky Way that has been transformed into a small planet made of the precious rock.


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Twinkle, twinkle little star: The diamond planet - the shrunken core of a once-huge star - is a chunk of crystallised carbon measuring 40,000 miles across, five times the diameter of Earth The international research team first detected an unusual star, called a pulsar, and followed up their discovery with research using a telescope based in an observatory in Cheshire.
The findings led the scientists to discover the gravitational pull of a small companion planet orbiting the pulsar.
Pulsars are small spinning stars more than ten miles in diameter – the size of a small city – that emit a beam of radio waves.
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The team, also made up of scientists from Australia, Germany, Italy and the United States, thinks that the ‘diamond planet’ is all that remains of the original star, most of whosematter was siphoned off towards the pulsar.
The companion planet is small, at less than 40,000 miles wide – about five times the diameter of Earth.
But it is so close to the pulsar thatif it were any bigger it would be ripped apart by the gravitational force of the star, which rotates more than 10,000 times per minute and has a mass of about 1.4 times that of the sun.



Precious: The international research team found the diamond planet in our Milky Way (above) after first detecting an unusual star, called a pulsar. They think the planet is all that remains of the original star, most of whose matter was siphoned off towards the pulsar
Research team member Dr Michael Keithsaid: 'This remnant is likely to be largely carbon and oxygen, because astar made of lighter elements like hydrogen and helium would be too bigto fit the measured orbiting times.'
Thedensity means that this material is certain to be crystalline, that is,a large part of the star may be similar to a diamond.
The pulsar, dubbed PSR J1719-1438, and its planet are part ofthe Milky Way's plane of stars and lie 4,000 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens - the Snake.
The modulations in the radio pulses told astronomers a number of things about the planet.
It orbits the pulsar in just two hours and ten minutes, and the distance between the two objects is about 373,000 miles - a little less than the radius of our sun.
Despite its small size, the planet has slightly more mass than Jupiter.
About 70 per cent of millisecond pulsars have companions of some kind.
Astronomers think it is the companion that, in its star form, transforms an old, dead pulsar into a millisecond pulsar by transferring matter and spinning it up to a very high speed.
The result is a fast-spinning millisecond pulsar with a shrunken companion - most often a so-called white dwarf.
The find is reported in the journal Science.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2030138/Is-biggest-rock-Astronomers-believe-entire-planet-diamonds.html#ixzz1W7ia7Ore


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  • Every materialistic woman on the earth just got wet.

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  • Every woman's dream.

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  • "rotates more then 10,000 times per minute"? that shit trips me the fuck out.

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  • This stuff makes my brain balls swell. Fascinating stuff, awesome upload!

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  • Diamonds aren't rare so who really gives a shit. Although it would be a great excuse to launch jews into outerspace with no hope of return.

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  • I can sell you a ring nebula that would make a perfect setting for this.

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  • Diamonds are not this women's best friend. A planet made of it is sweet though, and diamonds cut glass!! Can't get much better then that, lol..

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  • The diamond game is a racket.

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  • Seriously I dont believe it. They cant even tell for sure whats going on on this planet, they're making statements about a planet that gets all of 5 pixels on their camera. I dont think so.

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    • @Dick Fabulous
      Well it's a bit more involved than just optical pictures. We can look at and sense stars through all sorts of methods aside from optical light. The Milky Way itself is about 100kly across, so 4000ly is right next door in terms of what we're able to see out there. Remember, we can see for billions of light years. For objects like this we can observe the light spectrum that they emit and have a very precise list of the elements its comprised of. If we know it's made mostly of carbo More..

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    • @defect Common sense, LOL.

      If I was able to be around for the outcome, I'd bet you $10 they're wrong and revise their assessment along the lines of:

      "It was once thought that this planet was made of diamonds, ho ho ho, but of course now we know its made of a crock of bullshit."

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  • Diamonds aren't even that rare here on earth, it's only through the direct manipulation of the diamond supply by the Debeers company that causes them to be worth as much as they are now. If that company didn't have a monopoly on like 98% of the worlds diamond mines there would be tons of them floating around and they wouldn't be nearly as valuable because there would be whole lot more of them. When/if I get married I'm giving my wife a Ruby wedding ring or some other gemstone besides a diamond More..

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  • diamonds will be as cheap as rocks now LOL

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  • I can just see the DeBeers Freighter now... Getting vaporized by the Pulsar that is.... haha.

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  • Someone nuke that fucking thing.

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    • @Flip500
      LOL @ the surface idjit. I wasn't aware that it was a perfectly cut, hardened ready to set stone.

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  • yeah..the hard part is transporting it to earth

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  • i love all the fake misinformation being concocted by people wishing they were scientists and wanting attention... btw i have all the same stock footage used in this presentation.

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  • As far as the scientist know it could be made of horse shit.

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