Diamond dust may have fallen from long-lost planet

Audrey Hepburn was a diamond-studded star but scientists now think they've found evidence of a diamond studded planet

These crashes were big and energetic and, in the case of the diamond-laden meteorite's parent body, caused catastrophic disruptions that the crystals captured.

Scientists think the planet was destroyed 4.5 billion years ago and was the size of Mercury or even Mars. It was the first time scientists had ever traced an asteroid in the sky to a rock they could hold in their hands.

In 2008, pieces of diamond encased in rock descended from space and landed in the Nubian Desert of Sudan. Scientists say that under the meteorites' thick carbonized exterior hid diamonds which enclosed remnants of a long-lost planet or planetary embryo during the insane days of the early solar system.

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications reports that the meteorite contains tiny diamonds - yes, diamonds.

"These samples are coming from an era that we don't have any access to", said lead researcher Dr. Farhang Nabiei of EPFL's Earth and Planetary Science Laboratory.

Two planets violently collide in space.

The study showed the diamonds must have formed at pressures above 20 gigapascals.

But diamonds can form much deeper inside a planet, and they're rarely pure.

Microscopic diamonds were found inside the Almahata Sitta meteorite after it crashed into Earth a decade ago. Researchers suggested ureilite asteroids could be remnants of the same proto-planet.

The researchers posited this theory after gathering and analyzing the asteroid fragments through transmission electron microscopy.

Therefore, the meteorite diamonds reveal information about their parent protoplanet. Diamond is blue, inclusions are yellow, and graphite is gray-black. We discovered chromite, phosphate, and (Fe, Ni)-sulfide inclusions embedded in diamond.

Diamonds can form in three ways: from a shockwave that will transform the mineral into diamonds because of the high impact - like the collision of objects, the second way happened in the solar nebula where there is a carbon-rich vapor; and finally, just like it happens on Earth, diamonds form inside a body that has a very high pressure on the mineral.

"However, relics of these large proto-planets are yet to be found".

Our stellar neighborhood has eight main planetary bodies, but according to an global team of scientists, there could have been another planet in our backyard, one that might have been destroyed at infancy during the chaotic formation of the solar system or in the ensuing years.

"Although this is the first compelling evidence for such a large body that has since disappeared, their existence in the early Solar System has been predicted by planetary formation models", the researchers wrote in their paper.

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