There are treasures all around us we do not perceive. Sometimes we speak figuratively about sparkling gems that are, if we realized it, literally real, right there under our noses. Children sing, “Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky” without knowing that there really are diamond stars up there, with diamond planets, so magnificent and huge they are unfathomable in value. These are actual discoveries that have been announced by scientists this week.
Space.com announced “a gem of a find” this week – “Surprise! Alien Planet Made of Diamond Discovered.” You heard it right; a planet made of diamond has been inferred to be orbiting a pulsar in the constellation Serpens. The planet is believed to be the core of a white dwarf star that did not collide with the pulsar. Likely made of carbon, the core became so compressed, it would have formed a single large diamond five times the size of the Earth. PhysOrg included a video of the discoverer explaining the find. New Scientist also reported the celestial “glitter ball,” calling it “hard core bling.”
It might be a little hard for the USA to mine the diamond planet to pay off its national debt, but there is something else right under our noses that is filled with millions of diamonds: a simple candle flame. You heard that right, too; PhysOrg reported, “Professor Wuzong Zhou, Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews has discovered tiny diamond particles exist in candle flames.” No one knows what a candle flame is made of, he said, so he decided to check, and found that “1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created every second in a candle flame as it burns.”….
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