Diamond Planet Orbiting a Pulsar?

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Read a really cool story last week on ibitimes about researchers potentially discovering a planet so dense they believe it is entirely made from carbon and therefore must be crystalline and quite possible a complete diamond.

This pulsar exists about 4,000 lightyears away so there won’t be any expeditions to mine it anytime soon, but what’s even more fascinating is that pulsars which are dead neutron stars average only 12 miles in diameter and for an object that small to have an orbiting planet seems profound in itself.




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Updated: August 31, 2011 — 8:00 am