Diamond Planet Discovered By Astronomers


The vast sky above us remained a huge a place of mystery up to this time. Every now and then our astronomers will be discovering something unusual that only in our wildest imaginations exists. Their recent discovery just made the nursery song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” a reality. Stars do twinkle like precious diamonds but this one is a whole lot greater than that. A heavenly body orbiting a pulsar, a small, fast-spinning star, is found to be a planet made of primarily of carbon, effectively a massive diamond. A planet made of diamond it is.

The millisecond pulsar that they branded as PSR J1719-1438 has been housing this interesting mass. It is located 4,000 light years away from the constellation Serpens. This planet is somewhat small at about 60,000 km in diameter but still it is five times bigger than our planet and even has more mass that the gaseous planet Jupiter.

The parental star spins in as much as 10,000 times per minute while the diamond planet orbits at a distance of 600,000 km, making years on it just two hours long.

As for the record, astronomers already discovered 20 millisecond pulsars wherein all of them are in binary system which means one object orbits around the other. However, this is the first time that the orbiting companion is a planet-like mass.

The discovery has been published by the international research team led by Matthew Bailes of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. “Just think of a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun,” Bailes said.

Isn’t it amazing? Clearly, the outer space has been housing a lot things that are yet to be unfolded.

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  1. mourya says:

    hey what a wonderful

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