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Sep 3, 2022

It’s raining diamonds across the universe, research suggests

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Scientists had previously theorised that extremely high pressure and temperatures turn hydrogen and carbon into solid diamonds thousands of kilometres below the surface of the ice giants.

Now new research, published in Science Advances, inserted oxygen into the mix, finding that “diamond rain” could be more common than thought.

Ice giants like Neptune and Uranus are thought to be the most common form of planet outside our Solar System, which means diamond rain could be occurring across the universe.

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