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Diamond Super-Earth Discovered

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Posted October 11, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich

Diamond Super-Earth Discovered

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Scientists think they have discovered a planet made out of diamonds. 55 Cancri e (a name that just rolls right off the tongue) is  twice the size of our planet, and the "Super-Earth" is composed of carbon, in the form of graphite and diamond.

Researchers from the Yale University estimate that 1/3 of the planet could be made of diamond.  The full study will be published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, which is my third favorite astrophysics journal.

55 Cancri e is one of five planets orbiting a star similar to our sun. It's located 40 light years away, but can be seen in the Cancer constellation. With a temperature of 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit, don't mark this rock down as our Plan B planet. You can mark it down as a good source of bling though.

The rumor that Jennifer Anniston is currently wearing the entire planet on her finger is entirely false as I made it up.

Source: Science Daily

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