posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 08:31 AM
A planet , 55 Cancri e , orbiting the star , 55 Cancri , located 40 light years from Earth , is claimed to be a Diamond Planet .
New research led by Yale University scientists suggests that a rocky planet twice Earth's size orbiting a nearby star is a diamond
The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite
The planet -- called 55 Cancri e is one of five planets orbiting a sun-like star, 55 Cancri, that is located 40 light years from Earth yet visible
to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer
The study estimates that at least a third of the planet's mass -- the equivalent of about three Earth masses -- could be diamond.
The paper is titled "A Possible Carbon-rich Interior in Super-Earth 55 Cancri e."
Link : www.sciencedaily.com...