Scientists Discover a Planet MADE.OF.DIAMONDS.

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What’s that sparkling in the night sky? The North Star?

Um, no, it’s actually 55 Cancri e, a recently discovered planet that is LITERALLY COVERED in diamonds.

I’m not kidding. An entire planet has been found that is comprised of the precious stone.

55 Cancri e was discovered by a team comprised of researchers from the US and France. The planet’s radius is twice Earth’s and weighs 8 times more than our home planet. Apparently, the planet is comprised mostly of granite and diamonds as opposed to Earth, which is comprised of water and granite.

Essentially, everyone’s freaking out about the discovery of a new planet, which is 40 light years from Earth and only visible without a telescope in the constellation of Cancer. Oh, and it orbits super fast – a year on 55 Cancri e only lasts 18 hours.

Whatever. All I can think about is the fact that there is AN ENTIRE PLANET MADE OF DIAMONDS. I don’t really care about its density, or what type of impact it’s having on the galaxy. I have so many questions. Are the diamonds good for harvesting? Are there mines there? Is there life on this new planet? Is the life a bunch of little dwarves that just mine diamonds all day and sing happy songs? Is the whole “Blood Diamond” hysteria a thing of the past? Is the diamond on my engagement ring going to come from outer space? Are diamonds not cool anymore because now there’s an untapped resource for them? So many variables.

Either way, apparently the weather there is beyond hot and scientists have rendered this new diamond planet unsuitable for human existence…but it’s made of diamonds, and I’m now finding a reason to care about outer space.

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    Charleston FratEN

    Allow me to go ahead and start on your questions:
    Are the diamonds good for harvesting? Yes

    Are there mines there? No

    Is there life on this new planet? No

    Is the life a bunch of little dwarves that just mine diamonds all day and sing happy songs? No

    Is the whole “Blood Diamond” hysteria a thing of the past? No

    Is the diamond on my engagement ring going to come from outer space? It’s 40 light years away. Assuming tomorrow we invented a craft that could travel there and back that fast, you’re waiting 80 years for a fucking ring. Shut the fuck up.

    Are diamonds not cool anymore because now there’s an untapped resource for them? Yes. And now boobs aren’t cool anymore because there are approximately 7 billion of them on the planet.

    ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 2 years ago
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      Fratgineer

      A light year, Pearls Hilton, is the distance light can travel in a year’s time. Approximately 5,878,499,810,000 (5.8 trillion) miles. So, a very long ways.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 2 years ago
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      RisingFratstarOfTX

      To be more precise, you would be waiting 80 years if everything traveled at the speed of light. Even if we had something that flew at a million miles an hour, it would still take 56,000 years. I’m personally more interested in getting to a nebula containing one billion-billion-billion gallons of alcohol. That’s a better use of time.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 2 years ago
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      DrFratlove

      Actually, because the universe is expanding in all directions, the distance would be increasing, requiring even more than that alloted time. Not to mention the effects of time dilation whilst traveling at or near the speed of light.

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      Bobby BLOWden

      Good Lord. It means that even if we could get there at the maximum possible speed the universe allows, and had an immediate turnaround, due to time dilation and expansion of the universe we would all be long, long dead by the time they got back. Its just stupid to freak out about an unreachable source of chunks of hard carbon, which we already have a huge supply of. I won’t explain what time dilation or how expansion works if you didn’t know what a light year was.

      ^ ThisBless your heartReply • 2 years ago