A Planet Made of Diamonds

Monday, October 15, 2012

A planet made out of diamonds? Sounds like the plot of a weird science fiction film that would star some of the “real housewives,” or the Kardashians. But this is no fantasy.

A team of scientists from the United States and France have found that a massive planet, previously thought to be composed of oxygen and water, is instead largely composed of diamonds.

Kanani Lee is an assistant professor of geophysics at Yale. She helped author a study about the planet titled, “A Possible Carbon Rich Interior in Super Earth 55 Cancri e.” David Friedlander is a diamond dealer and owner of Diamonds by Lauren. 


David Friedlander and Kanani Lee

Produced by:

Rebecca Klein

Comments [2]

Matt from Jamaica Plain, MA

Actually, there are already IS a sci fi story around this... I think the last book of Arthur C Clarke's 2001 series concerns a mission to a planet made of diamond, or at least a diamond mountain on a moon.

These days what we need is an excursion to the helium planet.

Oct. 15 2012 12:02 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Of course the planet covered in diamonds is visible to the naked eye... They don't call it bling for nothing.

There's a science fiction story in this segment

Oct. 15 2012 11:21 AM

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