Diamond planet twice the size of earth discovered

Remember our post last week about “Lucy,” the diamond star? It seems ET really appreciates bling – scientists have just announced the discovery of an incredibly heavy, incredibly hot diamond planet named “55 Cancri e” orbiting a visible star about 40 light years away in the Cancer constellation.

55 Cancri e

“This ‘diamond-rich super-Earth’ is likely just one example of the rich sets of discoveries that await us as we begin to explore planets around nearby stars.”
David Spergel, Princeton University

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REUTERS: A diamond bigger than Earth