FOR KIDS: A diamond planet?
Distant, carbon-rich world could contain one-third its weight in gems that are relatively rare on Earth
Web edition: November 30, 2012
A drawing of the planet 55 Cancri e, orbiting its parent star with some of its companions. As much as one-third of the planet may be diamond, a new study suggests.
Credit: Haven Giguere
A planet orbiting a distant star is probably unlike any of the hundreds yet discovered. Scientists say that about one-third of this incredibly hot, barren world — larger than Earth — could be made from diamonds.
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