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+ - Bizarre "Diamond Planet" Discovered-> 1

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astroengine writes "It was once the core of a star, but now has the mass of a planet. It is composed of dense carbon with a crystal-like structure. Yes, it's a bona fide planet made from diamond.

The object, called J1719-1438, circles a pulsing companion star (pulsar) about 4,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens (The Snake), which lies about one-eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way."

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Bizarre "Diamond Planet" Discovered

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  • I just submitted this as well, from an Ars Technica source. Well, it certainly is one of the most interesting stories I've read in a while (no offence, Taco). Hopefully it'll be front page /.

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