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Scientists Find Diamond Planet

Whirling dead star crystallized carbon into a 12-mile gem
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2011 7:03 PM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2011 5:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – If a diamond is a girl's best friend, then maybe women aren't from Venus, after all: Astronomers combing the southern sky have found a diamond planet, reports Space.com. Dubbed the rather unglamorous PSR J1719-1438, the alien planet is the remnant of a dead star and spins 10,000 times a minute around a white dwarf—creating pressure so high that the dead star's carbon has been crystallized into an actual diamond.

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The planet is about 12 miles across, reports Reuters, but has 1.4 times the density of our sun. But just like a diamond, the trip is forever: The planet is about 4,000 light-years from Earth. Watch a video explaining the phenomenon over at Space.com. (Read more diamond planet stories.)

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