26 Aug '11, 10am

Diamond planet discovered by astronomers

Diamond planet discovered by astronomers

Although the planet is too far away to see through a conventional telescope, astronomers were able to infer its existence by observing periodic flickers in the pulsar it is orbiting. Those minor flickers represented the gravitational tug and pull of an orbiting body; a startling find in and of itself since very few pulsars have been discovered with planets in orbit (of the 1,800 known pulsars, only two others have been found to harbor planets!)

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