Uranus and Neptune are Raining Down Diamonds

Rock core of planets inspires researchers diamond experiment

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Uranus and Neptune are Raining Down Diamonds
Uranus and Neptune are Raining Down Diamonds
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Researchers create diamond machine

For so long we’ve understood our planet earth rains liquid H2O. On other planets such as Uranus and Neptune, researchers are sure rain is compressed carbon and hydrogen. Allegedly, deep in the core of Uranus lies a wealth of diamond rocks hidden from the icy surface. Astronomers believe these diamonds represent layers of accumulated rain.

Researchers from the National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) designed an experiment to test this theory. They combine an optical laser with X-ray electron free lasers to monitor pulses lasting minute portions of a second. The high precision observation enabled the researchers to see diamonds. As shock waves passed through plastic, the tiniest of diamonds began to form.

The plastic, polystyrene, contains hydrogen and carbon. It is their theory that both elements are abundant inside the planets Uranus and Neptune. When the lasers shock waves put pressure on the polystyrene, nanodiamonds began to form.

The researchers insist the experiment is useful for understanding the planets and improving the process of making diamonds. Because growing stones in the lab will call attention to a commodity that can be useful in capitalistic gains. The whole world will want the diamonds thus reducing the value of all diamonds significantly.

 

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There is no way to know that Uranus is in fact as the astronomers insist.

There has been no probe or investigation on or underneath the surface of both planets, Uranus and Neptune. Every time a probe is sent into space, it does not return. There is no parking lot for these space crafts. They will either disintegrate from friction, or they get lost in the solar system. Fragments of these discovery crafts litter the solar system and occasionally crash into something, sometimes documented, mostly unknown.

What is known? Diamonds that we know of require intense pressure and heat for carbon to compress into a crystallized form. That amount of heat is not in the atmosphere these planets orbit. Not to mention gravity plays a role in the compression within the atmosphere.

 

What do we know about Uranus and Neptune?

Neptune has storms with the speediest winds in the solar system. It’s atmosphere consists of hydrogen, helium, and methane. Neptune is not a place which is sustainable for human life.

Uranus is the ice giant of the solar system. It has 27 moons and 13 rings. Although mostly consisting of hydrogen and helium in its atmosphere, methane gives the planet it’s blueish hue. The planet’s width is 51,119 kilometers. The planet got its name from the Greek god Uranus.

If we know all this information and more about the planets and our solar system, then why all the propaganda about things like planet X, and diamond rain? What is the fascination with spreading false information? Who benefits from all the attention and social media?

Well, one obvious answer, is the commercialization of synthetic diamonds. If researchers cash in on their creation from the lab, you can be sure demand for diamonds will increase. It’s nice to know your tax research dollars go towards the perpetuation of more scams.

 

References: Washington Post, SLAC, Astronomy Magazine

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