Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

In the category “Remarkable News” today, this item found on the Dutch teletext:

Astronomers have found a diamond in the sky. It’s actually a star (a white dwarf) that died a couple billion years ago, in the constellation Centaurus, 50 light years from the Earth. The core of the star collapsed and the carbon crystallised due to the huge pressure.
The diamond is half the size of our moon, and weighs 10 billion trillion trillion carats!


A press release by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics can be found here.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2004 Interesting No Comments