Researchers: Diamonds Rain Down On Saturn, Jupiter

There’s a possibility that large diamonds are falling from the sky. However, it’s nowhere close to home as it appears to be taking place on Saturn and Jupiter.

Dr. Kevin Baines, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, presented his findings at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Denver, alongside his co-author Mona Delitsky, from California Speciality Engineering, according to BBC News.

The diamonds would be "big enough to put on a ring, although of course they would be uncut," Baines stated.

National Geographic reports that observational evidence of storms on Saturn that actively generate carbon particles, combined with new laboratory experiments and models that show how carbon behaves under extreme conditions, have led the scientists to posit that both planets may offer stable environments for the formation of diamonds.

The scientists concluded that stable crystals of diamond will "hail down over a huge region" of Saturn in particular.

Only Uranus and Neptune were previously thought to be producers of diamonds. Saturn and Jupiter were not thought to have suitable atmospheres.

"The bottom line is that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn,” Barnes said according to BBC News.

Barnes noted that people ask him how he can really tell since there’s no way he can go and observe it.

“It all boils down to the chemistry. And we think we're pretty certain."

Sources: BBC News, National Geographic


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