It wasn’t too long ago that astronomers said they found the darkest planet known to man. Now, they say they’ve found a planet that could cause quite the light show.
Astronomers announced late this week that they’ve found a planet made of diamond. That’s right, diamond. I know, it seems incredible and a bit unbelievable. But here’s what we know.
According to Sky and Telescope:
… Astronomers infer that the object has a whopping density of roughly 23 grams per cubic centimeter. Carbon compressed to this high density should literally be squeezed into its crystalline form — diamond.
– The object is believed to have once been a star.
– It is in our Milky Way, about 4,000 light years away.
– It is located in the constellation Serpens.
– A person would weigh 17 times more on this planet than on Earth.
– It is half the size of Jupiter.
For more detailed information about the discovery, check out this article in Astronomy magazine.
Did you know there are over 125 billion galaxies in the universe? That number will most certainly increase as our universe continues to be explored.
Galaxies are made up of gases, stars, planets, asteroids and dark matter (more on that in a later post). It’s no surprise that with the hundreds of millions of objects floating in space at various rates, collisions will happen.
But even more interesting is the fact that entire galaxies can collide, too.
Above is an X-ray image of two galaxies that are in the beginning stages of collision.
According to NASA,
The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North and the face-on galaxy at the bottom of the image is VV 340 South. Millions of years later these two spirals will merge.
Our solar system is located in the Milky Way galaxy, which is said to contain more than 200 billion stars. Nearby galaxy Andromeda is moving closer and closer to our Milky Way and eventually, the two will collide.
But don’t worry, we have about 3 billion years until that happens.