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2012/10/28

Nearby Super-Earth Likely a Diamond Planet

Nearby Super-Earth Likely a Diamond Planet: New Haven, CT (SPX) Oct 12, 2012



New research led by Yale University scientists suggests that a rocky planet twice Earth's size orbiting a nearby star is a diamond planet.

"This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth," said lead researcher Nikku Madhusudhan, a Yale postdoctoral researcher in physics and astronomy. "The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite

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