Researchers discover the first diamond planet

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Researchers at Yale have found the first evidence of a diamond planet, a type of planet that only existed in theory and fiction. The planet, called 55 Cancri e, was discovered last year and initially assumed to have a similar chemical makeup to Earth. However, researchers were able to infer the planet’s composition from recent mass and radius measurements, by “computing all possible combinations of elements and compounds” that would match those measurements. Using this technique, the researchers discovered that 55 Cancri e consists primarily of carbon in the form of graphite and diamond, as well as iron, silicon carbide, and some silicates.

55 Cancri e is different from Earth in many ways, not least because over one third of the planet…

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