Scientists discover nearby ‘diamond planet’

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    Oct 11, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/137719-scientists-discover-nearby-diamond-planet

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    Scientists at Yale University have discovered a nearby super-Earth that is a “diamond planet” — a planet that has a mantle made of graphite and diamond.

    The planet, called 55 Cancri e, is just 40 light years from Earth and orbits the binary star 55 Cancri, which is located in the constellation of Cancer. When the planet was first observed last year, it was originally thought to be a water planet, similar to Earth, but new information has allowed the scientists to infer that the planet is much more likely to be a diamond planet.

    55 Cancri e (which desperately needs a nickname) is referred to as a super-Earth because it is larger than Earth, but not as large as the Solar System’s gas giants. That’s where 55 Cancri e’s similarities to Earth end, though. 55 Cancri e has twice the radius of Earth, eight times the mass — and because it’s the innermost planet in the 55 Cancri system, the planet has a surface temperature of 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (2,150 Celsius), and its year lasts just 18 hours (as opposed to Earth’s 365 days).

    But why is 55 Cancri e made out of diamonds? Because the star system itself is primarily made up of carbon, iron, and silicon — and over millions of years of pressure and heat, the planet’s carbon mantle has slowly turned into diamond. The Yale scientists estimate that as much as one third of 55 Cancri e’s mass is made up of diamond — the same as three Earth masses, or roughly 18×1024kg. This is a few trillion times more diamond than has ever been mined on Earth.
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:01 PM GMT
    Awh... I would actually be more excited if there was another habitable planet.
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Wow! that a lotta bling!!
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    Surface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
    Sounds hot! And pressurized! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
    Sounds hot! And pressurized! icon_biggrin.gif

    Now what queen cant keep her hands of a shiny hard object from being pressurized up her ass, hmmm? icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
    Sounds hot! And pressurized! icon_biggrin.gif

    Now what queen cant keep her hands of a shiny hard object from being pressurized up her ass, hmmm? icon_twisted.gif
    It depends on whether the diamond cock is cut or in the rough.
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
    Sounds hot! And pressurized! icon_biggrin.gif

    Now what queen cant keep her hands of a shiny hard object from being pressurized up her ass, hmmm? icon_twisted.gif
    It depends on whether the diamond cock is cut or in the rough.

    Why not cut and rough??!!
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    And when they flex, their muscles are as hard as...uhh...diamond! icon_biggrin.gif

    And they'd have boners as hard as a diamond!! icon_razz.gif
    Sounds hot! And pressurized! icon_biggrin.gif

    Now what queen cant keep her hands of a shiny hard object from being pressurized up her ass, hmmm? icon_twisted.gif
    It depends on whether the diamond cock is cut or in the rough.

    Why not cut and rough??!!
    Because diamonds are weird like that. It's one way or the other, but not both.
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidBecause diamonds are weird like that. It's one way or the other, but not both.

    Dammit! I want my cake and eat it too!... and I always get my man!... and I dont take no for an answer!!!

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    Oct 11, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidBecause diamonds are weird like that. It's one way or the other, but not both.

    Dammit! I want my cake and eat it too!... and I always get my man!... and I dont take no for an answer!!!

    99288_o.gif
    You're not supposed to eat diamonds. They can chip your teeth.
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    Oct 12, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    TellMeMoar said
    paulflexes saidSurface temp of 3900 degrees F?

    I bet the guys there are hot!

    And extra crispy! icon_biggrin.gif
    That's racist.

    Hey, what can I say. I have a thing for hot crispy shiny men. It's just a preference. *shrug*

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    Oct 12, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    Buddha saidAwh... I would actually be more excited if there was another habitable planet.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16040655

    Excited now?