There is a Planet Made Entirely of Diamond
(Getty) Diamonds diamonds diamonds, imagine a whole planet of them!
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your next vacation destination: scientists have discovered a planet called "55 Cancri e" that's—wait for it—mostly made of diamond.
"The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite," the Yale University researcher Nikku Madhusudhan told the New York Post. "This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth."
The planet was discovered by a joint American-French research team. According to data that will soon be published in the scientific journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, 55 Cancri e is twice the size of Earth and far denser (all those diamonds, man—#55CancrieProblems), plus its surface temperature can get as warm as 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit.
Too bad 55 Cancri e is such a long flight away—according to scientists, it's a 40 light year trip, or 230 trillion (that's 23,000,000,000,000) miles out of town.