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Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

Jun 27 2014, 6:17am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away
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It would take 10 lifetimes traveling at the speed of light to reach this interstellar discovery

Cullinan is known to be the world’s largest diamond to ever exist. The diamond weighs 1.37 pounds and is a 3,100 carats uncut diamond the worth of which is estimated to be $2 billion. However, scientists have discovered what is going to be the largest diamond in the universe and when the Cullinan is put up against this newly found earth sized diamond, it appears as nothing but a tiny spec. The earth sized diamond has been discovered 900 light years away and has been codenamed as PSR J2222-0137.

It rests besides the white dwarf star which is located near the constellation Aquarius and at the lowest temperature of 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, it is the coldest object which has ever been discovered by the astronomers. It’s temperature has given rise to the idea that this might be composed of crystallized carbon just like the diamonds we have come to value. Though this latest discovery has been filled with anticipation, it is a pity that we wont be able to reach this diamond before travelling 10 lifetimes at a speed of light.

 

source: astronomy

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