Thursday, February 13, 2014

Heavenly Body of the Week: The Diamond Planet

1438b is the most fascinating of cosmic objects.  Its sun is a neutron star.  A neutron star is a stellar object that has amazing mass (at least one and a half times as massive as our sun) but is incredibly small (approximately 12 miles in diameter).  This star is so heavy that, on Earth, a teaspoon of its stellar material would weigh about a billion tons (yowza!).  The immense intensity of this star has literally turned it's lone orbiting carbon-cored planet (a planet that is 3000 times the size of its sun) into a space-faring diamond.  Pretty cool, huh?

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