Now Reading
Planet of Massive Diamond Discovered

Planet of Massive Diamond Discovered

by Joel MatiraAugust 28, 2011

Another discovery was reported yesterday in the journal Science that there seems to be a planet orbiting tightly around a small star just down the Earth which could be a massive diamond.

Image from

Matthew Bailes, a professor at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia told Reuters that the evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all comprised of carbon and a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit would fit inside our own sun.

Astronomers are theorizing that this still unknown planet which is only 4,000 light years from the Earth is a relic of a star shed its outer layer to reveal its inner riches. This planet appears to be approximately five times the size of Earth. Apparently, the small star it orbits every 2 hours and 10 minutes is named J1719-1438.

However, while beams have already been detected from the stars through radio telescopes, it is still impossible to know what this planet really looks like.

What's your reaction?
Thumbs up!
About The Author
Joel Matira
Joel Matira is a computer engineer turned development work specialist. Knowledge he earned from various training/exposure visits abroad proves that IT is a key factor to development. Joel completed his master’s degree in public management at the Ateneo de Manila University.. You may join his travel adventures thru his blog .
  • Zen

    Interesting.. Could it have an effect to our planet? hehe.. Just wondering.. :)

  • Astig! Yeah asking the same question as Zen. Could it have an effect on our planet?