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Carbon-rich planets made of diamonds may exist beyond our solar system, study says

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, that contain more carbon than Earth could be made out of diamonds, according to a new study. Scientists simulated how these carbon-rich exoplanets could use pressure and heat to convert water and carbon into diamonds.

(CNN)Exoplanets, or planets outside of our solar system, that contain more carbon than Earth could be made out of diamonds, according to a new study.

Some of these exoplanets containing more carbon could actually be composed of diamonds and silica if water is present.

The research team, including scientists from the University of Chicago, tested their hypothesis by simulating how the interiors of carbon-rich exoplanets could create diamonds through high levels of heat and pressure.

High-pressure diamond anvil cells were used at study coauthor Dan Shim's Lab for Earth and Planetary Materials at Arizona State University.

Although there is nothing like this in our solar system, scientists hypothesized in a 2017 study that high-pressure conditions on Uranus and Neptune could squeeze hydrogen and carbon together, creating diamond rain.

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