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October 02, 2011

MNN.COM›Earth Matters› Space Diamond planet discovered by astronomers

Astronomers from the Swishburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia have made an astonishing discovery. According to a report by New Scientist, they have discovered a new planet orbiting a pulsar about 4,000 light years away. This planet has a mass that is roughly equal to that of Jupiter. Unlike Jupiter, however, this newly observed planet orbits the pulsar at such a close distance that any gas giant planet would be ripped apart by the gravitational forces. In fact, any planet of this size experiencing these forces would likely crystallize. Researchers predict that this planet is most likely carbon based, and so this crystallization would result in a planet composed primarily of diamond. This discovery is just another example of the amazing spectacles that space exploration still has to offer.

Posted by derbach at October 2, 2011 02:13 PM


I think it is amazing how far our technology has come in order to discover new planets that are of such a great distance from Earth. It's also crazy to think of a planet that the crystallization would result in a "diamond planet." This just shows how there is so much out there in space that we do not know about.

Posted by: jenpm at October 2, 2011 07:43 PM

I think it is absolutely amazing what our current technology and scientists can discover about our universe today. I find it so intriguing that technology can detect objects so distant from Earth. This article is also so interesting because I could not imagine a diamond planet-- that would definitely be a sight I'd like to see.

Posted by: jenpm at October 2, 2011 07:48 PM

Can you imagine if humans were somehow able to get their hands on a planet the size of Jupiter made of diamond? We would all just sit and do nothing for the rest of our lives.

Posted by: chazr at October 4, 2011 01:48 PM

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