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It’s Raining Diamonds. Diamond “Rain” Falls on Saturn and Jupiter

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Hollywood-sized diamonds could rain down on planets in our solar system.

New atmospheric data from the Cassini Probe, indicates that carbon is abundant in its crystal form in the atmosphere of Saturn. The scientists say that lightning storms will turn methane into carbon. When the carbon falls it hardens into larger chunks of graphite which eventually becomes diamonds. The findings were uncovered at the meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences in Colorado. Talking at a conference, the American scientists said that these diamond “hail stones” eventually dissolve into a sea of liquid the toasty planet core.

Doctor Kevin Baines, of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the biggest diamond “hail stones” would be likely to be approximately a centimetre in diameter. “Big enough to put on a ring, although of course they would be uncut,”

Uranus and Neptune have long been thought to harbour gemstones. But Saturn and Jupiter were not thought to have suitable atmospheres.

Baines and Delitsky analysed the latest temperature and pressure predictions for the planets’ interiors, as well as new data on how carbon behaves in different conditions.

 

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“The bottom line is that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn. People ask me – how can you really tell? Because there’s no way you can go and observe it. It all boils down to the chemistry. And we think we’re pretty certain,” added Dr. Baines.

Hopefully someday soon, we will be able to visit, and get our hands on some of these incredible gemstones.

For now however, you can get your hands on some equally beautiful crystals and gemstones in our shop!

 

 

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