It’s National Space Day today, so we think it’s only relevant we talk about our two favourite things: dreamy space and dazzling diamonds. In early 2004, scientists discovered a planet said to be made out of diamonds - twice as big as Earth. We think Kim Kardashian just fainted!
After astronauts discovered this glittering star, it was given the name 55 Cancri e. The most exciting part of this discovery is that the planet is made of mostly diamonds. And by mostly diamonds, we mean the value of the diamond planet is speculated to be worth around $26.9 nonillion! A nonillion is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 - that’s a mind boggling 30 zeroes.
Planet 55 Cancri e lies about 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cancer. The planet is also thought to be approximately 8 times the mass and double the radius of Earth. Research also shows that it orbits a star in the constellation of Cancer and completes a rotation in 18 hours. This means one year on the planet is equivalent to 18 hours on Earth.
With an extremely high temperature of 3195 Fahrenheit it doesn’t make it to our “Holiday Destinations” list, but we’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more news about this Diamond Planet.
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I Wonder What You Are
Up Above The World So High
Like A Diamond In The Sky”
The nursery rhyme has never been more relevant, and on that note Happy National Space Day folks!! xx