a bazillion carat diamond!?

Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne was surveying the sky using the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in December 2009 and found a pulsar.

Soon after he followed up with observations with the Lovell radio telescope in Chesire, UK.

This follow up observation showed periodic variations in the pulsar’s signals, indicating there may be an orbiting planet there.

“Further analysis pointed to an even more astonishing possibility – a diamond planet.”

via Astrophile: The diamond as big as a planet – space – 25 August 2011 – New Scientist.

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