It’s Raining Diamonds…Somewhere In The Universe

By  | February 7, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Did you knowwhen it rains on Jupiter and Saturn it rains diamonds….Diamonds big enough to be worn by Hollywood film stars could be raining down on Saturn and Jupiter, US scientists have calculated.

New atmospheric data for the gas giants indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form, they say.  Lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which as it falls hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond.  These diamond “hail stones” eventually melt into a liquid sea in the planets’ hot cores.

The biggest diamonds would likely be about a centimetre in diameter…big enough to put on a ring, although of course they would be uncut.   These diamonds would be of a size that the late film actress Elizabeth Taylor would have been “proud to wear”.

The bottom line is that 1,000 kilograms of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn. How can you really tell? Because there’s no way you can go and observe it.
It all boils down to the chemistry.

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