NASA is searching for Life on Mars with Curiosity rover and we all know about it. However, Curiosity is now only testing the soil of the planet for life source. But apart from this did you ever think about a planet which is made of diamonds. HAHAHA! “You must be saying that in dreams.” An Indian made this dream true and discovered a planet which is made of Diamonds.
Scientists from Yale University named Nikku Madhusudhan have discovered a diamond planet, which is close to our solar system. This planet is made of graphite and diamond. The planet is named 55 Cancri e, is at a distance of 40 years light from the Earth. 55 Cancri e, which is located in the constellation of Cancer. When the planet was discovered for the first time last year, it was thought that it was a water planet, like Earth, but new information has allowed scientists to understand that this is a planet instead of diamond. Niku Madhusudhan was completed his B. Tech from IT-BHU, India, 2002.
55 Cancri e is in the class super Earth because it is larger than Earth. 55 Cancri e and has a radius that is twice that of the earth, has eight times the mass, a surface temperature equal to 2,150 ° C and its year only lasts 18 hours. The star system itself is mainly made up of carbon, iron and silicon, and after millions of years of pressure and heat, the mantle of carbon on the planet is slowly transformed into diamond. Madhusudhan estimate that one third of the planet is made of diamond. ”This is the first taste of a rocky world with a chemical fundamentally different from that of the Earth,” said Madhusudhan. “The surface of this planet is probably covered with graphite and diamond rather than from water and granite”.
Nikku Madhusudhan of the Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Yale University, who observed a giant planet 40 light years from our solar system, composed largely of diamonds. “This is the first taste of a rocky world with a chemical fundamentally different from that of the Earth,” said Madhusudhan. “The surface of this planet is probably covered with graphite and diamond rather than from water and granite”. The planet “55 Cancri e” has a double radius and a mass eight times higher than the earth, dimensions that make it a “super-Earth”. This is one of the five planets orbiting a star similar to the Sun, which is 40 light years from Earth and is visible to the naked eye in the constellation Cancer.