Astronomers have just discovered a planet that appears to be one massive diamond, Reuters reports.It’s located around 4,000 light years away, so we won’t be mining it anytime soon.
The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.
The new planet, called PSR J1719-1438, was probably once part of a massive star that lost its layers over time, and appears to contain oxygen in addition to carbon. It’s around the same mass as Jupiter but 20 times as dense.
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