Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Diamond Planet

New research using NASA's Spritzer Space Telescope has shown that planets in our galaxy may be more carbon based than others meaning that the ground would be made of diamonds instead of sand (rocks, dirt, essentially what our soil is made of.)
The new planetary discovery, Wasp12b, is a gas giant like Jupiter, and wouldn't have the water necessary to sustain life. But, just the idea that a planet made of diamonds could exist is definitely fun. Its strange how something that is such a hot commodity on Earth could be so ordinary somewhere else with just a few changes in chemical composition.

I couldn't do a post about diamonds and not include a little Marilyn Monroe, after all Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend:

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