Thursday, October 11, 2012

Are there "Diamonds in the Sky" after all?

And I'm not referring to the songs that include that phrase.This is the article that sparked the question. Here's an excerpt...

"Move over, Hope Diamond. The most famous gems on Earth have new competition in the form of a planet made largely of diamond, astronomers say.

The alien planet, a so-called "super-Earth," is called 55 Cancri and was discovered in 2004 around a nearby star in our Milky Way galaxy. After estimating the planet's mass and radius, and studying its host star's composition, scientists now say the rocky world is composed mainly of carbon (in the form of diamond and graphite), as well as iron, silicon carbide, and potentially silicates.

At least a third of the planet's mass is likely pure diamond."

Worth a NASA trip for a look-see?
Too bad we no longer have a Space Program. That puppy, if real, could finance one helluva lot of "free stuff." Of course we'd have to control the diamond market and prices, instead of those folks over in Europe. Might be worth it though. Hate to think of a couple of Commie countries I won't name getting there first. Just sayin'.

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