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Monday, January 11, 2016

Imagine a place where it rains diamonds!

                                                          
YouTube video: Raining Diamonds on Saturn
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They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. If that's the case then women should stop associating themselves with Venus and switch to Saturn.

It rains diamonds there. No, really...

New atmospheric data for Saturn (and possibly Jupiter) indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form, according to Dr Kevin Baines, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which as it falls hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond.
Baines presented his unpublished findings at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Denver, Colorado, alongside his co-author Mona Delitsky, from California Speciality Engineering.
The findings are yet to be peer reviewed, but other planetary experts contacted by BBC News said the possibility of diamond rain "cannot be dismissed".
Two More Planets?
"The idea that there is a depth range within the atmospheres of Jupiter and (even more so) Saturn within which carbon would be stable as diamond does seem sensible," says Prof Raymond Jeanloz, one of the team who first predicted diamonds on Uranus and Neptune.
Imagine that? It's raining diamonds on Saturn, Jupiter, and even Uranus and Neptune.
Why bother going to Mars when any of these four planets could be a harvesting bonanza for diamonds?
Just a thought.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

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