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Planet Made of Diamonds Likely to Have Oxygen, Carbon
August 29, 2011 10:05 AM EDT
In what can be called a “gem of a discovery”, astronomers found a rare planet made of diamonds, which would likely have oxygen apart from carbon. The carbon-based planet lies 4,000 light years away, in the constellation of Serpens in our Milky Way galaxy.
The new planet, which is far denser than any other known so far, races around a tiny unusual star called a pulsar. The planet’s high density suggests that lighter elements like hydrogen and helium are not present.