posted on Dec, 29 2013 @ 02:48 AM
reply to post by JadeStar
Hot ices? Ice 7, ice 9, ice 11 - ice 13?
I don't understand. ice is cold, not hot, how can you have hot ice or a hot ice core?
Hi again. I answered this here in this thread on page 3:
Will we be expecting to find planets made mostly of each element on the periodic table?
Maybe not each of them but certainly different combinations of them certainly. It's diverse universe. However one should keep in mind certain elements
are more common than others. Hydrogen and Helium are the most abundant elements in the universe. Carbon and Silicon are also very abundant. Gold,
Titanium, Platinum, not so much.
This has to do with the process by which these elements are made in the cores of stars. Its harder for stars to make those rarer elements so less of
them are made.
Are there planets made of gold, of diamond?
As far as we know there are no planets made up mostly of gold, though there is no reason why they couldn't exist in theory.
So I don't think anyone would tell you it's impossible for there to be a gold planet. Just improbable.
As for diamond, funny you should ask that.
The answer is YES!
Diamond after all is formed by carbon under extreme pressure. And since carbon is very common in the universe it was only a
matter of time before we found some planet with a lot of diamonds.
There is a planet, called 55 Cancri e, discovered in 2004, which is thought to be made mostly of carbon/diamond:
Space.com: Super-Earth Planet Likely Made of Diamond
Move over, Hope Diamond. The most famous gems on Earth have new competition in the form of a planet made largely of diamond, astronomers say.
The alien planet, a so-called "super-Earth," is called 55 Cancri e and was discovered in 2004 around a nearby star in our Milky Way galaxy. After
estimating the planet's mass and radius, and studying its host star's composition, scientists now say the rocky world is composed mainly of carbon (in
the form of diamond and graphite), as well as iron, silicon carbide, and potentially silicates.
At least a third of the planet's mass is likely pure diamond.
Suffice to say, THAT planet is a girl's best friend.
Also, if Earth is the byproduct of a type of galactic evolutionary process, wouldn't it be most likely that we would find another earth
circling a similar star in our own neighborhood of the galaxy?
Yes. They have recently calculated the odds of that based on statistical data from Kepler and what is known about the nearby stars in our neighborhood
of the galaxy.
The nearest Earthlike planet around a star like our Sun is likely to be around 12-14 light years away. The nearest Earthlike planet around a smaller
red dwarf star is thought to be between 6.4 and 10 light years away. (94% accuracy)
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