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Diamond Planet

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3492919.stm

 

According to astronomers, a large shrinking star crystallized, and turned to diamond. It is 1 * 10^34 carats, and about 50 light years away.

 

What would happen if they sent a robotic space probe over (with extremely high speeds, over c) and took a chunk out? "Space Diamonds!" You could sell it for millions(no, billions) of dollars!

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When it says mostly carbon, surely there are lots of other elements mixed in with it? Carbon isnt the only element created from stars.

 

And the current high price for diamonds is only caused by their being rare. if we were able to mine diamonds on the scale you're suggesting, any attempt to sell them would instantly see their value completely disappear because now supply has gone through the roof and demand has dropped like a stone.

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But think of the scientific possibilities. Forget the value of the diamond, there could be new technologies made from this stuff.

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I read a science fiction book by Arthur Clarke--I think it's The Space Odyssey or something-- about Jupiter's core becoming diamond.

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psi20 said in post # :

I read a science fiction book by Arthur Clarke--I think it's The Space Odyssey or something-- about Jupiter's core becoming diamond.

 

2061.

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