It's Out There: A Planet Made of Diamond
Astronomers say '55 Cancri e' has an interesting makeup
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2012 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's going to need a much better name. A planet known as "55 Cancri e" is making headlines today after astronomers revealed that much of it is made of diamond, reports The bad news for ambitious space travelers is that it's 230 trillion miles away and too hot for life, reports Reuters. The planet is about twice the size of our own and also orbits a sun, or something like it.

"This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth," says a Yale researcher. "The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite."

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Oct 12, 2012 12:37 PM CDT
Neatly stocked carbon atoms are not rare. Women not distracted by shiny objects are.
Oct 12, 2012 6:52 AM CDT
Mitt bought it
Oct 11, 2012 10:14 PM CDT