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Indian lead astromers finds a plants which may be diamond-studded.

Wow........ Astronomers led by Indian American Nikku Madhusudhan, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) alumnus now at Princeton University is said to have discovered a giant planet with an atmosphere and core dominated by carbon, raising the prospect that diamond-studded stars may exist.

He and his colleagues have observed that an extremely hot planet discovered last year has more carbon than oxygen, a feature never observed on a planet until now.

The planet, called WASP-12b, orbits a star about 1,200 light-years from Earth, and appears to have temperatures of nearly 2300°C - hot enough to melt stainless steel, the scientists said in the journal Nature.

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