Earth is notorious for valuing the aesthetic splendor of planetary minerals. However, earthling’s favorite glamor rock – the diamond- is about to lose all galactic value thanks to some genius U.S. –Franco scientists who have discovered a planet larger than earth that is made almost entirely of diamond rock.
Outlandish, oh yes, but true –
"This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth," lead researcher Nikku Madhusudhan of Yale University said in a statement. "The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite."
The experts predict approximately one third of the planet’s mass, the equivalent of about three earth masses, could be diamond. Bad news bears for De Beers.
The discovery is a breakthrough because it reveals new conclusions about the chemistry of other distant planets, “This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth,” Madhusudhan said.
While this discovery is incredible, some experts say it is just the beginning of extraordinary discoveries. An astronomer at Princeton University said "Planets are much more complex. This 'diamond-rich super-Earth' is likely just one example of the rich sets of discoveries that await us as we begin to explore planets around nearby stars."
These findings come as great news for NBA stars who need to buy their wife’s forgiveness with a massive gem. Nothing says “I love you” like a massive planetary rock.