Crazy NASA discovery: This exoplanet, 9 times bigger than Earth is made of DIAMONDS! Deets inside

According to reports, NASA used the James Webb Space Telescope to find the exoplanet.

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Bhaskar Chakravorty
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In space, there are thousands of heavenly bodies. While some have already been found, others remain undiscovered. When different space agencies from around the world inform us about unknown planets and stars, we are frequently taken aback. NASA, the American space agency, made a similar discovery. NASA apparently used the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to find an exoplanet in a recent discovery. Carbon, which resembles diamonds, is said to make up the planet. The planet is around nine times heavier than Earth and has a breadth that is nearly twice that of Earth. NASA has released information identifying this exoplanet as 55 Cancri e. About 41 light years separate the planet from our solar system. 

Astronomers and discovery!

Hot lava is said to cover the planet, according to astronomers. This is due to the planet's primary atmosphere being destroyed by the star's radiation. There are rumors that the planet is covered in enormous amounts of diamonds. Because it is lighter than planets like Neptune and Uranus but considerably larger than Earth, scientists have categorized it as a super-Earth. The exoplanet's density was noted by the scientists. Astronomers surmise that the planet is primarily made of carbon that has been compacted into diamonds because of how thick it is. The exoplanet and its sun-like star, 55 Cancri A, are only 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) apart, or only 0.01544 times the distance between Earth and the sun.

More on the crazy planet

Owing to this shorter distance, 55 Cancri e completes one orbit of 55 Cancri A in roughly 17 Earth hours. The planet's temperature is around 2,400 degrees Celsius, or 4,400 degrees Fahrenheit. We have measured the thermal emissions from this stony planet, and the measurement shows that the planet has a large atmosphere," said Renyu Hu, a member of the research team and a researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), during an interview. Our research indicates that this is the first observation of a secondary atmosphere on a rocky exoplanet. It is likely supported by gas expelled from 55 Cancri e's stony interior.